This is a part of the Hot Topic podcast series from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Changes in Memory After TBI. Dr. Allison Clark discusses Memory Strategies Don’t Weaken Your Memory.

And so, in working with people, sometimes people think that they will not be strengthening their memory or they’re not using their memory very well if they rely on a compensatory strategy. So when we work with people we try to explain that use of a compensatory strategy is not making your memory weaker but actually that use of the strength, the use of the compensatory strategy can actually make your memory stronger.

Because every time you use that strategy you’re actively practicing it. So you’re writing something down, you’re entering something in your phone, you’re looking at it, you’re getting into a routine and that type of thing can actually kind of help with your functional memory performance and again so you’re remembering the important things that you want to remember.

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