1. Are computers making our ability to remember better or worse? Give some examples.
  2. Are there some things or times that you will never forget? Tell your group about them.
  3. Are there some things or times that you wish you could forget? Tell your group about them.
  4. As people grow older, sometimes the distant past is easier to remember than the near past. Why do you think this is? Have you ever seen examples of this? Tell your group about them.
  5. Do certain photographs bring back memories? Is there a special picture that reminds you of a good memory?
  6. Do you easily memorize information?
  7. Do you have a good memory or a bad memory (that is, do you usually remember things or forget things)? Why do you think about this?
  8. Do you have a photographic memory? Do you know anyone who has a photographic memory?
  9. Do you have a short term or long term memory?
  10. Do you have any strong memories linked to a particular smell?
  11. Do you have good memory for names/faces/numbers?
  12. Do you sometimes forget things, important for you?
  13. Do you think it would be easier to erase bad memories? Would you do it?
  14. Do you train your memory?
  15. Do you usually remember things or forget things?
  16. Has someone you know ever forgotten something important, like their keys or their phone? Tell your group what happened.
  17. Has someone you know ever forgotten an important date, like a birthday or an anniversary? Tell your group what happened.
  18. Have you ever forgotten an important date, like a birthday or an anniversary? Tell your group what happened.
  19. Have you ever forgotten something important, like your keys or your phone? Can you tell us what you did?
  20. Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went there?
  21. Have you had any problems with your memory?
  22. How do you want people to remember you?
  23. How good is your memory?
  24. How many different meanings does memory have?
  25. How many words a week do you remember?
  26. How much do you think memories change over time?
  27. If you could edit your memories, which ones would you erase and why? Which ones would you make clearer and more vivid?
  28. Is the ability to memorize lots of things important? Why or why not?
  29. Many people find that a certain sound or smell brings back a childhood memory very strongly (such as the smell of food that your mother often cooked when you were young). Why do you think this is? What has this effect on you? Give examples.
  30. Many people find that visiting a certain place brings back a childhood memory very strongly (such as the scene of an old family holiday). Why do you think this is? Where has this effect on you? Give examples.
  31. Memories make the man. What do you think this means? Can you give some examples?
  32. Those who forget the past will repeat it. What do you think this means? Give examples.
  33. What are your best memories from elementary school?
  34. What are your best memories from high school?
  35. What are your best memories from junior high school?
  36. What are your worst memories from elementary school?
  37. What are your worst memories from high school?
  38. What are your worst memories from junior high school?
  39. What do you need your memory most for?
  40. What do you think of when you hear the word “memory”?
  41. What do you usually forget?
  42. What do you wish you were better at remembering?
  43. What is an important date for you to remember?
  44. What is the best memory you have?
  45. What memory is your funniest?
  46. What memory is your happiest?
  47. What memory is your saddest?
  48. What memory is your scariest?
  49. What music brings back memories for you. Describe the memory. Why do you think this is?
  50. What things is it important to remember? Why?
  51. What’s your earliest memory? When was it? Describe it in detail.
  52. What’s your most vivid (clear or sharp) memory? When was it? Describe it in detail.
  53. Which memories would you like to relive?
  54. Who do you know who has the best memory (usually remembers everything)? Tell your group about them.
  55. Who do you know who has the worst memory (usually forgets things)? Tell your group about them.
  56. Who was your most memorable teacher? (Bad or good)
  57. Why do you think some people remember the same events differently?
  58. Would you like to have a perfect memory? Why or why not? How would it change your life?

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