Hello! and memorizing

3 years, 9 months ago

Hi HE crowd!
I recently joined, very excited to share in this. I found this site at a strategic time in my life where my daily mantra is self-improvement.
I wanted to ask if anyone has come across a particularly good book on memorizing.
I have found it somewhat difficult lately, specially since I am changing my sleep patterns.
Any thoughts?

March 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

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Profile photo of Max T Max T (@mtouhey) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m always trying to learn new and interesting things about how our brains work and ways to improve its functioning, memorization included. The three books that have really taught me the most about the workings of cognition are, Think Smart by Richard Restak, How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer, and A Users Guide to the Brain by John J. Ratey. A book I just ordered specifically dealing with improving memory is Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. Obviously I haven’t read it yet but I’ve read good reviews. Good luck

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Profile photo of Cristel Cueto Cristel Cueto (@cristel) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks Max!
I heard about Moonwalking with Einstein from Jonathan Safran-Foer’s brother. Great suggestions.

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Profile photo of Kenny Kenny (@kenny) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

I read The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas a few weeks ago. The basis of the system is to remember through association. The more outrageous the association the better. It really takes a good sense of imagination.

An example. Say you want to remember this list for some reason.
plane, tree, earring, bucket, singing, basketball, salami, star, hook nose.

We would remember this list through outrageous associations. This is how I applied the technique.

Plane and tree are first. So say we think of a tree sitting inside of an airplane. then think of the sitting tree wearing earrings. Imagine instead of hoops for earrings they are actually buckets. Now imagine a singing bucket that is spewing out basketballs while it’s singing. Now imagine someone was playing with basketballs made out of salami. Now a salami star. Now a star with a hook nose.

The key is to vividly see these outrageous images. This makes them stand out in your brain. This was an example in the book that I read 3-4 weeks ago. It’s pretty cool that I can still easily recall the list even though I haven’t recited it since I read the book.

That was just one technique, but they also discuss pegging, remembering cards and a couple more. They are all based on association.

Keep in mind that with these books and techniques, you have to consciously put effort into remembering the things you want to remember. The author of Moonwalking with Einstein said that even though he can remember large lists of numbers and decks of cards, his underlying memory isn’t much better in comparison to when he started.

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Profile photo of Derek (1point6180339887) Derek (1point6180339887) (@1point6180339887) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah, I agree with Kenny. I read that same book, and it’s probably the best one I’ve read when it comes to tricks for memorizing a lot of items. Its small too, I would definitely get my hands on it if I were you.

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