Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Memorizing medical word part amygdal-

Using association and mnemonic memory techniques we can remember educational information faster and more efficiently without using rote memorization.

As an aside before we memorize amygdal-. While the Internet is rife with educational articles about teaching students critical thinking vs. memorization I ask anyone interested in this controversy to consider this question. Why not try to do both? From the numerous articles I've read we've got nothing to lose by using mnemonics in education. It only takes instructors willing to create memory techniques and "risk" sharing them with their students.

blue emboldened words are common or academic terms that can be used for association purposes because they share a word part with a medical term. [I could find no common terms with the word part amygdal- in them.]

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings.

orange emboldened words are terms from other fields of study that some people may find interesting.

[amygdal- from L. amygdala, almond means "almond, or amygdala, various almond shaped structures in the brain and lymphatic system called tonsils". [amygdalin, lit. almond compound, amygdaline, lit. relating to an almond or tonsil, Amygdalus, Bot. almond tree]

Memory Story: Star Wars' Princess Amadala (amygdala) with her hair and clothing coated with jewels shaped like almonds, has been rushed into your emergency room with almond shaped jewel lodged in her throat's tonsils.

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