Techniques To Increase Memory
Having a good memory helps you from getting lost, can give you impressive skills and is just generally handy! Here are some techniques to increase memory.
While in South America we spent a lot of time on buses, so I took up reading (I’m more of a audio book guy).
I wast sure who Derren Brown was at the time but some of my travel buddies from the UK seemed to be impressed.
I cant remember most of the book but there was one section that appealed to me. It was the techniques to increase memory.
Techniques To Increase Memory
My memory on its own is crap, but with this system I managed to remember the order of about half a deck of cards. That was with a couple of hours practising the system, I’m sure with a few more hours I could have remembered at least one if not two decks. Anyway, this was a couple of years ago but I think I can still remember the system so here it is.
The Linking System
I think this is useful for remembering lists of stuff, e.g. a shopping list. Visualise the first item, then have it interact with the second item, and so on.
The interaction should be vivid and unusual so that it sticks out in your mind.
The Loki System
This is where you recall in your mind a familiar journey, e.g., walking from your home to the corner store, or perhaps taking a tour through your house. Along the journey you interact, or see some sort of interaction with the item you need to remember. Again, it must be vivid and unusual.
The advantage of this is that you don’t need to recall the item before to trigger the memory of the next item, like you do in the linking system. If you want you can fast forward to a point along your journey and that will trigger the information needed
This is probably my biggest downfall when it comes to memory. I still find it hard but here are some suggestions:
- Pay attention.
- Have the new person impersonate someone you know.
- Connect the name to an image / use there facial features.
- Use their name often.
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The Peg System
Of the techniques to increase memory, this is the one that will have you remembering the order of a deck of cards. It is very useful for remembering numbers. I used to use it often, but find if you don’t keep using it, then you forget the pegs!
The basic principles are this:
- Each number from 0-9 represents a consonant. Fill the gaps in-between the consonants with vowels to make words, which are generally easier to remember than pictures.
- You then link the images together (if there is a string of numbers).
- Use vivid/unusual images.
Here are the pegs I use for number from 0-99.
28-nash (this is someone I know)
29-niggy (this is someone I know)
48-rosh (this is someone I know)
55-fif of vodka
80-shaz (someone I know)
So these are an example, it is best to make up your own so they stick in your mind.
You can just read through these ones then when you try to recall them, see what you come up with. Compare. If you come up with the same then great. Use which ones will make better pictures and/or you are more likely to remember to use.
To practice, go through the numbers in your head. Forwards, backwards, odds, evens, etc. Use it to remember all your important numbers, e.g., credit cards, social security, important phone numbers, etc.
How to Remember a Deck of Cards
To use the the Peg System to remember cards all you need to do is make up pegs for each card, then attach cards to a position via vivid imagery to guess which card is where. i.e. use the linking system to remember the order. The difference is that the word you use as a peg starts with the letter of the suit.
Another thing you can do is destroy/mutilate cards you see in order to remember what cards are left.. useful for card games e.g. blackjack.
So here’s an example of my peg system for cards.
6-cob (corn on the)
J-Young man at a club
A-big love heart
What I did to practice this is I wrote them really small on the back of the card, so I could test if I was right/give myself a “tip”.
Well that’s it for techniques to increase memory. I’m sure lots of you have many more. Please share via the comments 😀 .