Finding Your Kaleidoscopes

You’re at a party in the middle of telling a story about your favorite childhood toy, but you can’t for the life of you come up with its name. “Oh, what’s it called?” you ask yourself as you rummage around in your brain. This classic tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon is something most people experience occasionally. For some usually frustrating period of time, a word that is stored in long-term memory refuses to be grabbed and recalled. Most people know they know it and have access to some aspect of the target word while in this state, like its meaning, the first letter, or the number of syllables. “I know it begins with the letter K.” Eventually, either through concentrated effort, bumping into

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