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Medical Subliminal Messages

  1. Feb 1, 2007 #1
    Curious question, but If you listened to recordings of words you have to memorize, would It help if you fell asleep with headphones on. Then when you wake up, it can possibly be a little easier to memorize those things you have to? Would it be beneficial, can it possibly help store the information better when you read it the next day?
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  3. Feb 2, 2007 #2
    Yes it probably would help...

    but could you honestly put up with listening to recording of words when your trying to get to sleep?

    i certainly couldn't...
  4. Feb 2, 2007 #3
    I know people who actually can only sleep with music playing with headphones on
  5. Feb 3, 2007 #4


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    I don't know of any reputable studies as to whether this works or not, although the idea has been around for a long time. My own anectdotal experience of falling asleep with the TV on says it wouldn't help (I might have weird dreams incorporating things being said on the TV, but I don't recall anything of what was on the TV during the time I was sleeping when I wake up).
  6. Feb 9, 2007 #5
    I just have many words and definitions I need to memorize... (about a thousand) and I'm trying to figure out a good way to do it
  7. Feb 9, 2007 #6
    I think you're experience was slightly different to the scenario proposed by snowJT. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he was talking about a repeating recording of the things he/she needs to memorize, whereas in your scenario (with the television), the recordings do not repeat.

    I'm no expert, but I would tend to think that the mind is more receptive to audio messages than video ones when asleep, because the ears do not close.:smile:
  8. Feb 9, 2007 #7
    you are correct
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    Charlie Brown used to put his textbook under his pillow in the hopes that it would leak into his head.
  10. Feb 12, 2007 #9


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    Use them as frequently as you can. You need to use active learning, not passive learning for that sort of a task. Also, do it in bite size pieces. Work on 5 or 10 terms at a time, and review them during your "down" time...like when walking somewhere. Don't just read them, make yourself try to recall without reading. Teaming up with someone else to quiz each other can also work. It helps ensure you don't "cheat" and read the definitions before you think of them on your own, and also gives you a chance to get prompted without having to look at the entire answer if you forget one.
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