• Holly Muir

Learn to listen better and understand your memory with these two free tools!

This week, we’re highlighting two valuable, free, educational tools on our site created during our 2020 Micro Grants program that you may want to try:


1. “Become A Great Listener” employs the principles of Active Listening a technique used by therapists, helpline volunteers and hostage negotiators to provide you with the skills to better support your loved ones, improve communication in your work or school environment, and provide help to people in states of distress or crisis. If you want to strengthen your relationships, learning active listening is a great way to start!


2. “Is Your Memory Like A Photograph?” uses two quick memory tests to help you determine how accurate your memory truly is (and includes some tips for improving it). This is a helpful tool to use if you want to know the extent to which you can trust your intuitions about past events, something that may improve the accuracy of your beliefs about the world and other people!


Click here to become a great listener and here to test your memory, or read on to learn more about what these programs can teach you.



Become a Great Listener


Created by Bryn Hopewell, Become A Great Listener teaches you six principles for listening in a supportive and non-judgemental way so that the people around you feel heard and understood. This skill can be used to strengthen personal relationships, support your work colleagues, or manage conflict and confrontation with strangers.


You’ll get to practice asking the kinds of questions and reacting in the ways that make other people feel most listened to. You’ll also learn three common mistakes that people who want to be a good listener often make!


Is Your Memory Like a Photograph?



Created by Cristina Mendonça, Is Your Memory Like A Photograph? uses two memory tests to establish whether your memory is more photographic (i.e., a faithful and undistorted representation of events) or more painterly (i.e., an impressionistic interpretation that may distort or exaggerate certain parts of an event).


We rely on our memory all the time, so understanding how fallible it can be is essential for accurately understanding the world and our beliefs about it. In case you learn that your memory is more painterly than photographic, this tool also includes some advice for improving the reliability of your memory.



Which one of these tools did you find the most valuable? Get in touch to let us know!






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