The research, published in this month British Journal of Psychology, asked 39 participants to create a bizarre image from three words. The strange images were then rated for funniness. Participants did not know that in fourteen weeks time they would be asked to recall the words. The study revealed that those who had created the funnier bizarre images were much more likely to recall the words later on during a surprise test.
The researchers say that it is the humor, and not the bizarreness, which makes a difference for memory. The findings suggest that if you want to remember something it may be a good idea to employ some humor to help you along. To access the paper, which you may need to pay for, click here