(NEW YORK) — Like Al Bundy trying to remember the name of his favorite song from high school in a famous episode from Married with Children, we’ve all been stuck trying to recall the title of a tune or movie. Nowadays, you can always Google the answer but an even better method is simply asking your spouse or some other loved one.
According to a study published in the journal Memory Studies, working together on trying to remember something either important or trivial is generally more effective than doing it on your own.
For instance, couples got to the answer faster when they tried to remember the name of a musical they saw. The same was true when it came to remembering detailed descriptions of certain events they shared.
The researchers did note that when couples tried to recall words from studied lists, they did as well independently as they did together.
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