Hello! and memorizing

3 years, 10 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

You must sign in or join to reply!

Profile photo of Max T Max T (@mtouhey) 3 years, 10 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

Profile photo of Cristel Cueto Cristel Cueto (@cristel) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

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

Profile photo of Kenny Kenny (@kenny) 3 years, 10 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.

Profile photo of Derek (1point6180339887) Derek (1point6180339887) (@1point6180339887) 3 years, 10 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.

Reply to this topic

More Posts Like This


Suggestions for a site-wide HE 30 day challenge?

Starting in February, we’re going to have monthly 30-day challenges! We had a very successful challenge years back when the discussions were first added to HE. It’s time to revive them! Which challenge should...


Band Names

So my friend is obsessed with trying to find a name for his band, they just finished doing all their recordings, but still can’t settle on a title. Here’s how he describes their sound: A lighter style...


12 Benefits Of Music Therapy

Music as a working therapy does indeed do lots of wonders naturally. Why is this so? It is because the human body does love the feel of rhythm and the brain loves melody and harmony. It is as easy as all that, and yet so...


Looking for friends ?

I’m Indian, 17, I read a lot, I’m pretty normal I think. Smoke weed sometimes, just looking for cool people to talk to and share worries with. I’m a good listener and have some free time on my hands, so...


Spirituality becoming a commodity?

I have been really disappointed where the “festival scene” is going in Colorado. This weekend I took LSD and went to a “show” not knowing what to expect. The first thing I see is a baby on the...


Should "Lone Survivor's" Marcus Luttrell's dog killers be executed?

Should the men who beat and murdered Marcus Luttrell’s service dog DASY be put to death? If you have not heard of Marcus Luttrell, he is the Lone Survivor of Operation Red Wings, Afghanistan 2005. Nineteen United...


SHE = super high existence

Why is the abbreviation of this amazing website another hidden sign that we live in a patriarchal society. HE, clearly referring to the male gender. So, women can’t be conscious and think of a higher existence ? To...


Lesser known religions?

I used to be a very strong born-again Christian, but recently became Agnostic after God refused to communicate with me after years of pleading to him. I’m still interested in religion though, and God may or may not...


Dreams of the same location

Hello everyone! :) I’m new to this site but it looks very interesting and I’m curious to what people have to say about all this. I was actually just talking to a friend about this and I’ve mentioned it...


Where are the discussions?

Three years ago was when I first found HE. The focus in the early days was discussion, ideas and argument. That was HE 2.0, we are 3 version onwards and the majority of the front page of HE is filled with pictures of...


Hey People. I Love You

Hey People. I just hit my head kind of hard in a totally embarrassing way that involves my dog, a laptop, general clumsiness, a coffee table, and a bit of gravity. I’m going to be fine, I’ve had worse than this. Just...


stuck in life

I have the feeling I am stuck in the life I have. I can’t change my life because I am stuck in my thoughts. I am stuck in my thoughts because I am stuck in the life I have. I know I have to change and know how. But...



Many folks don’t live in cities that have these machines, Work your way into long-distance running.After an hour, you are forced to listen only to your breathing and your body. You find yourself feeling...


What single change would have the MOST positive impact on the world?

Could be societal, political, economical, etc. In other words, if we could only change ONE thing about the world to better our lives, what should it be?


Anybody aware of similar websites?

I love this website so much for everything from daily motivation, awareness, ambition, inspiration, etc etc. It truly is one of the best websites I’ve ever encountered, but i’m also fairly new to these type...