Ep 210: How to Memorize Kolhberg’s Stages of Moral Development

A fish wearing shoes ("2 is a shoe" ). Kohlberg's second stage: selfish interest

Need to memorize Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development really quickly? This is what you’re looking for – a brief audio podcast in which I give you some crazy images that will stick in your mind for a really long time. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll have the six stages memorized. Some of my listeners have said that the mnemonics they’ve learned here have stuck in the stuck in their head for years! Whether you are studying for a psychology test or a nursing exam, you will find this a fun and effective way to learn. I challenge you to listen to this episode and then quiz yourself a few hours later. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Let’s memorize!
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Ep 202: How To Memorize Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development


Need to memorize Freud’s stages of psychosexual development for a test? Here’s a mnemonic that should do the trick. In this brief video, the founder of psychoanalysis gives you a mnemonic and explains the 5 stages for you. What do orangutans and ogres have to do with Freud’s stages? They’ll help you remember them, that’s what. Find out how in this episode and make sure to check out these other Psych Files episodes for psychology mnemonics: How to Memorize the Parts of the Brain, How to Memorize Erikson’s Eight Stages, and How to Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development. I love mnemonics here on The Psych Files so if you need to memorize anything else let me know!

Ep 195: How To Memorize Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development

Memorize Piaget's Stages

Do you need to memorize Piaget’s stages for a test? You’ve found what you’re looking for. I’ll use some familiar mnemonics (“1 is a bun”, etc.) and some wacky images to get those stages – and what happens during them – into your mind. You’ll be able to remember when object permanence occurs, when children are capable of assimilation and accommodation, abstract and logical thinking, conservation of energy – it’s all here. Take the time to watch this video, learn about mnemonics and memorize Piaget’s stages of cognitive development once and for all!
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Episode 96 (video): The Phonetic Alphabet Part 2

The Pegword System

In this video you’ll learn exactly how the phonetic alphabet system works. In the last episode you saw me memorize – almost perfectly – a list of 20 top sci-fi movies. How did I do it? I’ll show you how each number becomes a letter, each letter becomes a word and each word becomes an image that will help you memorize just about any size list. Skeptical? You won’t be after seeing exactly how the phonetic alphabet works.


Resources on the Phonetic Alphabet System

  • Here is a Word document which contains all the information on the phonetic alphabet you saw me show in the video (and contained in the image below).
  • Here’s an image containing the words and images I used in the video:


Episode 95 (video): Advanced Mnemonics: The Phonetic Alphabet Part 1


Did you know there’s a mnemonic device that is more powerful than the "One is a bun" pegword mnemonic? It’s called the Phonetic Alphabet. This is a system you can use for lists that have more than 12 items. In this video I show you how the phonetic alphabet system works. Every number becomes a letter and a concrete word that you can visualize to help you remember a list of any length. See how to put mental imagery and your memory to work in this video.

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Episode 72 (video): Memorize the Parts of the Brain

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Memorize the parts of the brain once and for all! If you need to memorize the parts of the brain and what they do, then here are some mnemonic devices to help you remember the parts of the brain (including the lobes of the brain). You will never forget the anatomy of the brain after this. Even if you’re not interested in the brain, this is how to improve your memory: use imagery – and preferably funny and unusual images that will stick in your mind. Using this approach will be successful in memorizing parts of the brain. If you’re looking for psychology mnemonics, this website is the place.

Hundreds of thousands of students have used these mnemonics to improve their test scores on the brain, neuron, neurotransmitters and the different types of brain scans.
These 10 mnemonics plus 25 more are available on all mobile devices!


Episode 68: Mnemonic Device for Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development


Memorize Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development once and for all! In this video episode I have a little fun using the peg word mnemonic device and ordinary household objects to show how mnemonics work and how to apply them to the challenge of memorizing Erikson’s eight stages.

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Here are the mnemonics I used in the video:

  1. Bun (Trust vs. Mistrust) a "rust" colored bun
  2. Shoe (Autonomy vs. Shame) an "auto" shoved inside of a shoe. The auto is driven by "shane"
  3. Tree (Initiative vs. Guilt) Shia Leboef, or an Inn are sitting in a tree, which is wrapped with a quilt
  4. Dinosaur (Industry vs. Inferiority) picture a dinosaur with dust (in"dust"try) sprinkled all over it. The dinosaur feels inferior because of the dust all over it.
  5. Sky dive (Identity vs. Role Confusion) a skydiver's chute doesn't open and he falls on top of a car denting it. He is also very confused after hitting the car.
  6. Sticks (Intimacy vs. Isolation) picture two sticks in love and one stick all by himself.
  7. Heaven (Generativity vs. Stagnation) picture a generator up in heaven that died because it ran out of gas and a male deer (stag) pulling the cord to try to get it started again.
  8. Plate (Integrity vs. Despair) picture grits and a pear on a plate.

You can also download this list in PDF format by clicking here.

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Episode 32: Mnemonics and Two Keys to Learning

Hamlet's To Be Or Not To Be Speech

Hamlet's To Be Or Not To Be SpeechTo learn or not to learn: that is the question this week on The Psych Files. Come with me as I explore mnemonic techniques, learn to memorize Hamlet‘s famous speech, and learn 2 keys to true, lasting learning.

Want to try out some mnemonics? Need to memorize the parts of the brain?

My Brain Mnemonics will amaze you with how fast you can memorize not only many brain parts (as well as neuron parts and the types of brain scans) but you’ll know exactly what each does!

Resources For This Episode

Mnemonic Techniques:

  • Acronyms: “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” and ROY G BIV
  • Rhyme – “30 days has September”
  • method of Loci
  • Pegword (“one is a bun”)
  • Keywords