I came across an interesting study about researchers who tried using a memory technique called the method of loci to help subjects counter depression.
Depressed people tend to recall negative memories more than positive ones, so the researchers asked people to place positive memories into memory palaces. On a surprise test a week later, the newly-trained mnemonists were able to recall the positive memories, while the other group had more trouble with the recall.
Here’s the abstract: Read more
Some people have an inability to recognize faces–even their own faces; others can remember an extraordinary number of faces, far beyond the ability of most people.
First, take the super recognizer test, below! Read more
Here are some of the articles that have been sitting in my Firefox tabs. I thought people might be interested in reading some of them: Read more
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the 60 Minutes documentary on ‘superior autobiographical memory’ called Endless Memory. The documentary covers five people who appear to remember every day of their lives. Definitely check it out, because it may change your ideas about memory:
UPDATE: Yan left a comment below that links to this article [link updated] which provides an alternative explanation.
My post yesterday was about how I think about mnemonic images. The purpose of that post was to lead into this one which goes more into my thoughts on using mnemonic visualization techniques to modify thought habits.
I previously wrote about my technique on how I change a number’s image and the psychological effect of memory techniques, and how I assign temporary names to unknown objects and ideas in order to remember them. This post expands on that idea with illustrations. Read more
As I mentioned in another post, when I don’t know the name for something, I make up a temporary name for it. Language makes ideas easier to remember and manipulate.
The purpose of this post is just to share how I visualize the process of creating mnemonic images.
I’m sure all of these concepts have real names, so If someone has a background in psychology and knows a better way to describe these ideas, please post a comment. Read more
The New York Times has an interesting article about how meditation may change the brain.
The researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress…
M.R.I. brain scans taken before and after the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.
The hippocampus is involved in the formation of new memories, and has to do with spatial memory which is what many memory techniques depend on. Read more
Since I began studying memory, I’ve been trying to observe how my brain works and why it thinks in certain ways. I’m interested in following natural chains of association to see where they go. Read more
When I was deciding on what memory system to use, I tried to think about all the steps that the brain goes through when memorizing, and how to make it as efficient as possible. This post describes some of the things I’ve been experimenting with over last summer, and why I keep my system strictly phonetic.
I’m not saying that this is the way things should be done. I haven’t finished my system yet, so I am just thinking out loud (as usual). I’m having fun experimenting, and I don’t think that there will be any detrimental effect to my memory system if I turn out to be wrong, other than that generating the system is taking a longer time than it would otherwise. Read more