Remembering Art Through the Art of Memory
An experiment was conducted in which the face-name mnemonic was applied to the task of associating 14 artists' names with two styles of their artwork, portraits and thematic paintings. Following study of the 28 items, mnemonic students outperformed “own best method” control students on both immediate and delayed matching tests. Further, mnemonic students maintained that advantage on a two-day delayed “transfer” test that required the identification of “new” paintings by the same artists. In addition to replicating prior positive mnemonic artwork-learning findings, we found that thematic paintings are generally easier to associate with names than are portraits — likely because they are more distinctive, and because they provide a more “target-rich environment” for making mnemonic associations. Implications of our findings for remembering artwork and other picture-word content mnemonically in educational and real-world contexts are discussed.
Artwork learning, face-name mnemonic, memory, mnemonic strategy
Carney, Russell N., and Joel R. Levin. "Remembering Art Through the Art of Memory." The Journal of Experimental Education 86, no. 4 (2018): 530-545.
Journal of Experimental Education