My name is Josh Cohen. I’ve been studying memory techniques since around September 2009. The moment I memorized my first set of information with memory techniques (the order of black & red in a deck of cards) I knew I was hooked. I began to read every book on memory I could find.
This website started as a few blog posts about memory on JoshNotes.com. I then moved the blog to Mnemotechnics.org. Eventually, I added a simple forum and a wiki so that other people could also add ideas about memory techniques. The forum reached 100 posts in March 2011, so I started expanding it with more categories. As of March 2014, the website has over over 60,000 visits per month, and is expanding rapidly. In July 2014, we moved the site to ArtOfMemory.com.
We’ve also been cited on Lifehacker, Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Wired, Psychology Today, The Atlantic Wire, The Globe and Mail, Washington Post, and other media outlets. (See the Press page.)
Why Memory Techniques?
Memory techniques work incredibly well and there are obvious applications:
- acquiring new knowledge
- sharpening your brain
- increasing creativity
- learning languages
- studying for school
- remembering names and faces
- remembering shopping lists, directions, and other information
- and much more…
The Art of Memory has been around for at least 2,500 years, but most of the knowledge has been lost in modern times. The modern revival of memory techniques has taken off in countries like the UK, Germany, and China, but the techniques are still relatively unknown in the US.
I had originally planned to try to reach Grand Master of Memory level, but I’ve been busy working on version 2 of the website, so I’ve put that goal on hold for the moment. If you’re interested in becoming a Grand Master of Memory, join the group! (317 people as of September, 2013)
Mnemotechnics.org is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re in the Bay Area, join the SF Bay Memory Club. We meet at locations around the Bay, including Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose. We also provide free resources for other memory clubs around the world.