Japanese antique abacus. Source: Miyuki Satake / Adobe Stock.

Japan’s Ancient Secret to Better Cognitive Memory (Video)


Japan's ancient secret to better cognitive memory lies in the centuries-old abacus, a tool that has largely been abandoned globally but remains prevalent in Japanese education. Thousands of students in Japan continue to learn proficiency on the abacus, a skill that has been passed down through generations.

Advocates of the abacus, known as the “soroban” in Japan, argue that the tactile manipulation of beads, combined with mental calculations, establishes a powerful mind-body connection that contributes to enhanced calculation skills and cognitive memory, and the results are astounding. The connection between physical movement and mental processing encourages a more active and dynamic learning experience, offering valuable insights into how traditional tools and methods can still play a significant role in modern education.

Top image: Japanese antique abacus. Source: Miyuki Satake / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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