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