0-0 About your memory

Your memory will and will not improve.

Here you will learn various techniques that enhance the encodement (the process of familiarizing yourself with a piece of info.) and retrieval (the process of recalling a piece of memorized info.) of information. Your short term memory is not going to improve: even after years of training, you will, as legitimate memory athletes do, have average short memory capabilities that are rather poor. (The average person retains around 7 pieces of information. Note “piece” does not specify size; you can seemingly improve your short term memory by “chunking” – combining elements into groups, but after all you will only remember around 7 groups. There is limit to how large the group can be, as well)

A piece of information goes through three stages of memory: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long term memory. Sensory memories are encoded as iconic memories or echoic memories. Short-term memories tend to be encoded by sound, ad long-term memories by meaning. Your short-term memory is effective for a few dozen seconds; it is brief and sensitive to interruption. It is what you use to memorize a friend’s phone number, a sentence you just read, or a lyric you just heard. You must have experienced how poor your short-term memory is: remember the awkward dinner gathering where everyone whose names are introduced to you escape from your mind? Perhaps when you read a particularly meaningful sentence and repeated it several times to memorize it, yet failed to retrieve it in front of friends? Or when you heard a catchy song once, sang along, and can only hum the notes next time you hear it?

Information stored in your short-term memory can be prolonged by maintenance rehearsal.

When you are extremely familiar with a piece of information, it is moved into our long-term memory, which is relatively permanent and has an unlimited storage capacity. LTM is highly organized; most psychologists agree that pieces of information are connected, or linked.

 

Excellent memory abilities are based on using strategies and techniques that make learning efficient and that compensate for natural weakness in human memory. On this blog you will learn methods employed by memory athletes, who can remember hundreds of digits, decks of playing cards, any fact, date, speech, or poem, and names and faces, with dazzling efficiency:

Chao Lu memorized 67890 digits of pi in 2005

Simon Reinhard memorized 300 unrelated words in 15 minutes in 2010

The same guy memorized a deck of playing cards (rank and suit) in 21.19 seconds in 2011!

These records are constantly challenged and renewed. There used to be memorization of unpublished texts, such as poems, at memory contests; there is no more. Why? It is too simple. Speeches, Poems, Facts and Dates etc. work too well with the techniques that you are about to learn that they are not taken seriously!
Whether you are a student, an adult, or a senior, you will benefit immensely from subscribing to my blog and training your memory. After days, or even hours, of training, your ability to encode and retrieve information will drastically improve. Not only will I teach you methods and techniques employed by the top memory athletes, I will also upload a bank of examples, including dozens of sonnets, monologues, poems, SAT vocabs that I memorized. You will learn how to memorize a deck of cards, names and faces, long strings of digits, maps, and tables. (the periodic table) The techniques you are about to learn can be used to memorize literally anything! Take a look at the content page and start your journey in memory training!

 

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