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Because memory is consolidated during sleep ( and dreaming) http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/11/6/671.full http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/04/26/dreams-are-key-to-memory/13157.html there are also some psychological benefits from easyng painfull memories. http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/11/23/dream-sleep/


Just a few words on mnemonics before answering your question. I have been practicing for two years. First because I was impressed how easy it was to remember items using these techniques. My personal best time for learning the order of 52 cards is 1min40, which is not really good compared to real competitors, but the point is that practicing 30 min a day ...


The search terms "gradual-interval recall" may give you another area to research. I found that in a blog posting about SRS https://medium.com/p/5481606b087a "In a paper on gradual-interval recall published by Paul Pimsleur in 1967, he hypothesizes the following intervals: 5 seconds, 25 seconds, 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours, 1 day, 5 ...


Memories aren't static. And like any physical memory source, it has its own memorizing limits. So there are no permanent effects here. You can improve your memory capacity with different training methods, but effects decrease with time if you stop it, just like with muscles. There are also displacement and packing mechanisms that make you remember ...

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