These mimic activities are about memory. To do them well, you need to remember exactly what you saw.
Your brain makes memories in a few stages. Sensory memory describes what happens when you briefly see an object. It lasts just a split second, however.
Short term memory lasts for barely a minute. It allows you to remember about four or five items for a small amount of time. Long term memory allows you to remember more items – such as phone numbers – for a very long period of time. But to do this, you need to repeat the experience a few times.
There are ways to train your brain to make remembering easier. As we become older, many people find it easier to remember stories and words than images. You might find these memory games easier if you make up a story about the pictures in the cards.
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