Daicage There is a lot of repitition of ideas for the various methods, but that really is somewhat to be expected. Visualize those ninjastar ties, rotating in the air, piercing you from all sides. Nearly all-encompassing study manual on memory. See 1 question about Your Memory…. May 19, Andrew Matthews rated it it was amazing. Excellent book on memory techniques.

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They tend to have solely motivational value that is, they help you care. Id go so far as to say that, in general, self-help books are not a cause of personal improvement, but rather an effect: you must want to improve or change in the first place, at which point you are already nine-tenths of the way there.

They tend to have solely motivational value — that is, they help you care. How Your Memory Works… The first part of the book is largely an educational exploration of memory. Highbee does a good job summarizing a wide swath of memory-related scientific literature, and answers our most basic questions: what is memory, and how does it work?

This first half of the book is fascinating in its own right, and will whet your appetite for the lessons to come. In particular, Highbee introduces mnemonics, and examines a variety of mnemonic techniques.

They are memory tools that leverage the power of meaningfulness, organization, visualization, and attention. And they are concrete and specific — not nearly as vague as my explanation here would indicate. No Bullshit More on that later. For now, it suffices to say that if you have any interest at all in improving your memory — I mean, dramatically improving your memory - pick up this book. His evidence based approach is refreshing, his exploration of literature is fascinating, and his instructions are terrific.

But I thought this made for a much more educational, much easier read. Read one book or the other — or better yet, read them both. But whatever you do, learn about mnemonics. Your memory will blow your mind. The premise is simple: take each item, and associate it with the next item in line in a vivid, absurd, and visual way.

Now, the first item always is the hardest to remember, since, a priori, you have nothing to associate it with. First, associate me with "tie" in some absurd, memorable way. For instance, imagine me walking down the street, with a tie on, when suddenly the tie start to constrict me, of its own volition — my face gets beet red — and pop!

Now, the key is to literally visualize this scene, as vividly as you can. Got it? Visualize those ninjastar ties, rotating in the air, piercing you from all sides. And so on. I implore you to actually take the time and make the remaining associations. What was the first item? Next: something to do with ties — ah! Next: something else to do with ninjas — ah! Find a friend, and ask him to come up with 20 concrete nouns. Then, have your friend read them aloud to you, pausing for ten seconds in between words to give you enough time to form your own vivid and absurd associations.

Seriously: try it out. The Peg System Of course, the link system is limited in that you have to memorize a list in order. Thus, to retrieve, say, the 7th item, you first need to step your way through the first 6. The peg system is a more general mnemonic technique that overcomes these limitations. However, it comes at a price - a onetime, initial investment of effort. The basic premise of the peg system is this: first, you pre-memorize a set of "peg words" - one for each of the numerals from 1 to 20 this is the initial investment of effort.

Then, to memorize a numbered list of, say, 20 items, you associate each item with the corresponding "peg word. Easy as pie. Note that the peg system works on the same principle as the link system: you memorize words by using absurd, active, visual associations.

Notice that mnemonics make the material memorable, they help you organize it, they force you to visualize it, and by their very application, they force you to pay attention.

They create structure and meaning where there otherwise is none, and somehow, your brain takes care of the rest. Limitations of Mnemonics Note that all of my examples so far have involved memorizing concrete nouns, for this is where mnemonics are most effective.

Abstract words are much harder to memorize using mnemonics - largely because the visual element is often missing - but it certainly can be done. For instance, back when I had to memorize vocab words, I would take each word, find the first concrete noun it reminded me of, and then visually associate that noun with the meaning of the vocab word. It was in my way, and I had to limbo under it to get past. This slowed me down, allowing the alien to catch up But the extent to which mnemonics are more effective and efficient than mindless memorization is absolutely insane.

And the memories last much longer - you no longer have to cram and count on your short term memory to pull you through.


Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It



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