Building A Memory Palace - Deepstash

Building A Memory Palace

Memory can be built and recalled easily by creating a physical visualization of objects and actions that we can easily remember.

For example, we can vividly visualize a room(inside our mind), and mentally place objects in that room in different corners, like a cow to remember buying milk, or a car with the gas tank leaking to remember to fill it up.

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The trick to remember a string of numbers is to create visuals and stories in pairs of two.

For example, the sequence 25784561 can be remembered as:

25: A mother and daughter talking.

78: A fat lady singing on the microphone

45: A guy riding a truck.

61: A girl standing at a train terminal.

The visuals may not make any sense, but creating vivid stories and memorable imagery in our minds helps us recall any amount of numbers with ease.

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Memory And Location: The Method Of Loci

Our sense of sight aids our memory using location, placement, direction and other visual and space elements, something known as Spatial memory.

We automatically start to build spatial memories from a very young age, recollecting the layouts of places and how they relate to the physical objects around them.

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  • To recall better, it helps to create vivid mental images spatially, emphasising the location and involving various senses.
  • This Memory Palace technique is scalable and helps us remember all kinds of information using visualization and imagination.

The trick is to place different kinds of objects at different locations so that we can easily recall them using localization and direction.

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The method of Loci works best when the information placed in the virtual space is unusual and strange. Weird imagery has a way to help to recall the specific information that we encode.

Constructing a memory palace is fun and helps us remember stuff we cannot write down. It makes us realize the importance of being mindful and being attentive towards life.

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The wonders and capabilities of the brain are unlimited. Anything can be done with the right training and commitment. The brain is like a muscle, which grows almost infinitely when worked upon, at a cellular level.

Our memory, trained well, can help us remember almost anything.

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Doodle to remember

Drawing can be a more effective memory aid than writing and rewriting. You don't actually have to be good at drawing to reap the memory benefits. It is effective because it involves multiple ways of representing the same information: visual, spatial, verbal, semantic & motoric.

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Challenge your memory with something new

You can improve your memory by learning new things. Your brain is like a muscle because it gets stronger with exercise. When you’re learning something new, you’re giving your mind the challenge it needs to develop.

So, ask yourself, what have you’ve always wanted to learn? Choose something new and challenging. It should also be rewarding and allow you to progress from novice to expert.

For example, learn a new language, photography, guitar, or take martial arts classes. Try anything you haven’t done before, and that isn’t too easy because you have to push yourself to grow. After you master it, move on to something new.

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How Memories are Formed
  1. Create a memory. Our brain sends signals in a particular pattern associated with the event we're experiencing and creates connections between our neurons, called synapses.
  2. Consolidate that memory. It's the process of committing something to long-term memory so we can recall it later. Much of this process happens while we're sleeping as our brains recreate that same pattern of brain activity and strengthen the synapses created earlier.
  3. Recall. Recalling a memory is easier if it has been strengthened over time.

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