New York, NY (PRWEB) August 13, 2009
The Psych Files podcast, a top ten podcast in the iTunes Higher Education list (with over a million downloads), released an iPhone application designed specifically for high school and college students. The application, entitled "BrainNmonX" (the title is a mnemonic for "Brain Mnemonics"), uses the keyword mnemonic technique to create crazy and memorable images to help students memorize the functions of parts of the brain - one of the tasks psychology students often find difficult.
"Memorizing the parts of the brain is always a challenge and mnemonic devices can give a student a big advantage" says Britt. "The hardest brain part to create a mnemonic for was the hypothalamus, but when I came up with an image of a group of llamas being fed through a hypo ("hypo-the-llamas") I thought that image might be just wacky enough to be memorable". That image, along with another in which Sigmund Freud is pictured literally tearing his pants off, have lead to a lot of sales and positive feedback from students and teachers alike.
"I've been selling the mnemonics on my website, but the iPhone is the perfect device for a product like this." says Britt. "Mobile devices and iPhone apps like BrainNmonX are ideal for test preparation because while students may not have a computer or may not have it handy, they've always got their cell phone to study on-the-go or do a last minute review before a test."
The popular Psych Files podcast (http://www.ThePsychFiles.com) has been providing students with free educational episodes for over 2 years and will no doubt be a source of innovative mobile learning apps in the future.
The Psych Files podcast