Why Some Words are More Memorable

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Researchers have found that our brains may recall some common words, like ‘pig,’ ‘tank,’ and ‘door,’ much more often than others, including ‘cat,’ ‘street,’ and ‘stair.’ By combining memory tests, brain wave recordings, and surveys of billions of words published in books, news articles and internet encyclopedia pages, the researchers not only showed how our brains may recall words but also memories of our past experiences.

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