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Expanding the Limits of Your Memory

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 177

Although human memory is a powerful tool with a potentially unlimited capacity, only few of us can fully utilize that dormant potential to their benefit. What many tend to miss is that we have not evolved to memorize numbers or words, but rather images and locations to help us acquire a grasp of unexplored environments. Therefore if you learn to incorporate spatial memory into your processes of remembering you will be on a path to success.

One of such practices that utilizes spatial memory is called a memory palace, also known as the method of loci. The concept is by no means a novel invention - it was devised hundreds of years ago and widely applied henceforth. In times before books were printed and written information was scarce, unique and costly to obtain and develop one had to extract and retain as much information from a single reading session as possible, mainly because the chances of ever getting hold of that text again were slim. Nevertheless, with advancements in technology, mainly print, information could be efficiently stored externally and ubiquitously. From that point on the method of loci became increasingly obsolete and a perfect acuity of memories was no longer necessary as one could simply refer to a book on a shelf whenever a thought slipped the mind.

The memory palace technique relies on you visualizing a certain building, path or any environment you feel comfortable navigating within and depositing desired memories in its premises. Once you have chosen the structural basis of your memory palace(s) and feel confident in navigating around it is time to start filling it in. Lets assume you have a list of groceries that you wish to retain in your memory such as apples, soap, vinegar, baking soda, toothpaste, and pasta. What you do with these items is place them in your memory palace in some logical sequence such as the first item at the entrance and the last item on the top floor or the other side of the palace, whichever way you prefer. For example, the apples will be placed at the entrance door mat and in addition to visualizing them being there focus on the details of the environment and tie them with the apples. This can be anything from the words welcome on the door mat or the color of the doorway both of which serve to engrave that memory better into your mind. The more triggers of a memory you have the more accessible it becomes. Striking associations that evoke intense emotions are the best because they can be recalled most readily. Therefore you might imagine a girl in a bikini holding a crate of apples as this will produce a significantly stickier memory. Proceed the same on the rest of the items and once you are done and want to access that grocery list simply visualize and walk that path once again.

The memory palace method is only one of a many that enables you to form clear, easily recalled memories. To explore more techniques feel free to follow the listed link in the resource section.

More detailed information on this topic, including various memory improvement techniques, can be found here:

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