0-1 Memory Test: 1/2

Goal:

1. Test your textual memory.

2. Crash course on the Link Method.

-Realize the effectiveness of memory techniques.

Intro:

I would like to clarify that I am not Tony Buzan or Dominic O’Brien or Daniel Tammet. I am just a high school senior interested in memory training and I have a little experience and insight to offer.

But this is definite: my memory is superior to yours.

Lesson:

The average person can retain 7+/- 2, items in his or her “short-term memory”. Note that the duration of your short-term memory is in the order of seconds. A person’s ability to memorize a list of unrelated words is a simple yet accurate reflection of his or her memory skills.

Before I give you a crash course on the “Link Method”, I would like you to take the following test.

Test:

Test One

What you need:

1. Timer with an audible alert

(An online timer will do: http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/; make sure your volume is on)

2. A pencil and a piece of paper OR access to a word-processing application (notepad will do)

Instructions:

You will be given a list of thirty elements that contain names, objects, colors, emotions, actions, and animals. In the next five minutes, your goal will be to memorize both the words and their positions. After five minutes you are to recall the list on a piece of paper or in a word processing application. One point is given to each correctly-spelt element in the correct numerical position.

Tips:

1. Take your time and ignore the stopwatch. Do not be expecting the alarm; rather, wait for it to stop you.

2. Review every time you memorize a handful new elements.

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Start the timer NOW.

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1. Pillow

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. Dancing

4. Baseball

5. Plaid

6. TV

7. Green

8. Chess set

9. Stationary

10. Anger

11. Sports Car

12. Luxury watch

13. Sofa

14. Elephant

15. Anxiety

16. Unicorn

17. Purple

18. Papyrus

19. Rainbow

20. Painting

21. Movie theater

22. Dawn

23. Anger

24. Anxiety

25. Michael Jackson

26. Elvis Presley

27. Teddy bear

28. Dress shirt

29. Moonwalking

30. A high school senior’s amazement at the fact that you got this far (if you were just skimming the list, stupefied, then I am sorry to inform you that you have wasted a couple more unnecessary seconds.)

Instructions:

Now try to recall the items in order. Write/Type the list on paper or in a word-processing application. Give yourself one point for each correctly spelled element that is in the correct numerical position.

Do not be disappointed by your score; I was, and I say this shamelessly, in the 7+/-1 category when did a similar test. (Before learning any memory techniques)

Test Concludes.

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Want a sneak peek at the power of memory techniques? Here is a crash course on the Link Method. (Click here for a comprehensive guide)

Crash Course:

Principle I: Visual memory is more effective than rote memory. (aka. memory be repetition)

Steps:

1. Transform the elements into vivid, visual images.

Example: Picture an elaborate, pearl-adorned pillow. Utilize other senses as well: feel its texture; exprience drowsiness; pay attention to details: what fabric is the pillow made of? What color is it? What shape is it? Is it easily crushed? Does it re-inflate quickly?

2. Link every two consecutive images.

Principle II: ridiculous or obscene scenes are usually the most memorable.

Example: Scene one: Arnold Schwarzenegger bicep curling a pillow. See his “Gold’s Gym” beater; see his muscles contracting; hear the grunt; feel the pain. Again, pay attention to details: is he still in shape? What is his mental state? How is he gripping the pillow? Is the pillow deformed? Is it still intact, even? If it is not intact, is the stuffing flying around? What is in the pillow then?

Scene two: Arnold Schwarzenegger dancing ballet in tights. Giggle a little; feel the humor and irony. Is he on his toes? How is he standing? Is he stupified by the spotlight and the size of audience? Is he wearing a mask? Does he having a dancing partner?

3. Make a clear mental image of each scene and move on to the next one.

4. Review everything after the addition of every 3 or 4 links.

Practice:

Use what you just learned and see if you can memorize a list of 5 arbitrary words:

Playing Cards

Mitt Romney

Chainsaw

Statue of liberty

Airplane

______________________________________________________________________________Was the method effective? Here is a chance to redeem your confidence:

Re-test:

Test One Re-rest

Now restart the timer; give yourself another five minutes. Employ the link method and see how many points you will get this time.

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Start the timer NOW.

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1. Pillow

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger

3. Dancing

4. Baseball

5. Plaid

6. TV

7. Green

8. Chess set

9. Stationary

10. Anger

11. Sports Car

12. Luxury watch

13. Sofa

14. Elephant

15. Anxiety

16. Unicorn

17. Purple

18. Papyrus

19. Rainbow

20. Painting

21. Movie theater

22. Dawn

23. Anger

24. Anxiety

25. Michael Jackson

26. Elvis Presley

27. Teddy bear

28. Dress shirt

29. Moonwalking

30. A high school senior’s congratulation.

The scoring scheme remains unchanged. One point is given to each correctly-spelt word in the right position. Compare the two scores; did your memory improve? If so, take a look at the clock and ask yourself how long you spent on learning the link method. Appreciate the power of this simple memory technique (All it took was a 120-word crash course.) and imagine its applications in real life.

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I hope you have not lost interest at this point.

If you would like to test your memory for

memorizing numbers,

OR memorizing names and faces,

OR memorizing cards,

click here.

If you want to learn more about the link method, click here.

Click here to go back to the Contents page.

END of 0-1 Memory Test: 1/2

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