Techniques To Increase Memory

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).

Many hostels have a book swap system so and I came across this one called Derren Brown Tricks of the Mind.

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.

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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.

Techniques to Increase Memory. Shopping List

The Linking System is useful for remembering shopping lists

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

Remembering Names

This is probably my biggest downfall when it comes to memory. I still find it hard but here are some suggestions:

  1. Pay attention.
  2. Have the new person impersonate someone you know.
  3. Connect the name to an image / use there facial features.
  4. Use their name often.

Techniques To Increase Memory

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. You then link the images together (if there is a string of numbers).
  3. Use vivid/unusual images.

Here are the pegs I use for number from 0-99.

0-z/s-zzz’s
1-l-ale
2-n-hen
3-m-ham
4-r-whore
5-f/v-hive
6-b/p-bee
7-t-tea
8-sh/ch/j-shoe
9-g-goo

10-loo
11-lilly
12-line
13-lime
14-lorry
15-laugh
16-lip
17-light
18-lush
19-leg

20-nose
21-nail
22-nun
23-gnome
24-nard
25-knife
26-nob
27-net
28-nash (this is someone I know)
29-niggy (this is someone I know)

Techniques to Increase Memory. Moe

Memory Peg #30 – Moe fro the Simpsons


30-moe
31-mole
32-man
33-mum
34-meer (cat)
35-muff
36-map
37-mat
38-mosh
39-mog

40-rose
41-rail
42-rain
43-ram
44-roar
45-rave
46-rope
47-rat
48-rosh (this is someone I know)
49-rag

50-fizzy
51-fall
52-fin
53-fam(ily)
54-fire
55-fif of vodka
56-vip
57-fat
58-fish
59-fog

Techniques to Increase Memory. pot

Memory Peg #67 – Pot


60-bo staff
61-ball
62-bin
63-bum
64-boar
65-poof
66-pube
67-pot
68-posh
69-69er

70-toe
71-tile
72-tin
73-tim tam
74-tear
75-toffee
76-tap
77-tit
78-touch
79-tug

80-shaz (someone I know)
81-shell
82-shin
83-shim
84-shore
85-shiv
86-ship
87-shot
88-shoosh
89-shag

Techniques to Increase Memory. Gull

Memory Peg 91 – Gull


90-goose
91-gull
92-gun
93-gym
94-gear
95-gaffa
96-gobby
97-gate
98-gush
99-gag

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.

Clubs
A-big club
2-can
3-cum
4-car
5-cave
6-cob (corn on the)
7-cat
8-cosh
9-cog
10-chloe
J-Young man at a club
Q-madam
K-Bouncer

Techniques To Increase Memory
Hearts
A-big love heart
2-hand
3-home
4-hair
5-hoof
6-hop
7-hut
8-hedge
9-hug
10-holes
J-Cupid
Q-Bride
K-Groome

Diamonds
A-Big diamond
2-Dine
3-Dam
4-Door
5-Dove
6-Dobber
7-Date
8-dish
9-dog
10-dolls
J-diamond thief
Q-queen
K-old jeweler

Spades
A-Grim Reaper
2-Sun
3-Sam baff
4-sore
5-safe
6-sag
7-seat
8-sash
9-soggy
10-sissy
J-boy digging
Q-maid
K-gardener

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 😀 .

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