Recent research suggests that (in right-handed people) clenching your right hand might help you form stronger memories and clenching your left will help recall memories.
According to Dr. popper and her colleagues “unilateral hand clenching increases neural activity in the frontal lobe” and thus helps with memory forming and retrieval.
I asked Dr. popper if the same or the opposite sequence of clenching works for left-handed people. Her response:
There is some research showing that non-right-handers are not the opposite of right-handers. In fact, there is some possibility that clenching the same as righties would be harmful to non-righties memories, and no idea what would happen for opposite hand clenching. An educated guess would suggest there would not be help for memory.
CALL (The College Association of Language and Literacy) 2011 Annual Conference (May 25-27) was hosted successfully at Algonquin College in Ottawa this year and I had the privilege of presenting to my colleagues from across Ontario. I also got a chance to attend several other interesting presentations and events including Patti Church’s workshop on Personal Branding during which Patti explored approaches students could use to go beyond a resume and increase their visibility.
I also attended Jowi Taylor’s presentation of the Six String Nation Guitar one more time and found it as fascinating as before. Other memorable moments were Mary Wiggin’s storytelling session and Missy Burgess’s live performance of several beautiful songs.
Thanks to all conference organizers especially to Jack Wilson, Dianna McAleer and Cecelia Taylor.
The highlight of the ceremony was Jowi Taylor’s presentation on the voyageur, an acoustic guitar built from sixty-three pieces of Canadian history and heritage. The voyageur is featured in Chapter 8 of the O Canada Workbook.