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The Memory Palace


The Memory Palace is a system that will help you memorize and remember anything and a great book. The system itself is old and it is used my most participants in memory competitions. I originally heard of it when I read Moonwalking With Einstein, which I loved and found to be very fascinating and revealing.

Within 30 minutes of reading the book I had memorized all 37 of Shakespeare's plays. The pictures are so vivid and unique that I will remember them forever.

Wikipedia page about the system:

The method of loci (plural of Latin locus for place or location), also called the memory palace, is a mnemonic device introduced in ancient Roman and Greek rhetorical treatises (in the anonymous Rhetorica ad HerenniumCicero's De Oratore, and Quintilian's Institutio oratoria). The items to be remembered in this mnemonic system are mentally associated with specific physical locations.[1] It relies on memorized spatial relationships to establish, order and recollect memorial content. The term is most often found in specialised works on psychologyneurobiology andmemory, though it was used in the same general way at least as early as the first half of the nineteenth century in works on rhetoriclogic and philosophy.[2]

The method of loci is also commonly referred to as the journey method. In basic terms, it is a method of memory enhancement which uses visualization to organize and recall information. Many memory contest champions claim to use this technique in order to recall faces, digits, and lists of words. These champions’ successes have little to do with brain structure or intelligence, but more to do with their technique of using regions of their brain that have to do with spatial learning. Those parts of the brain that contribute most significantly to this technique include the medial parietal cortexretrosplenial cortex, and the right posterior hippocampus.



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