Becoming A Memory Champion Is Easier Than You Think With The Method Of Loci

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Becoming a memory champion is easier than you think. The techniques mnemonists use to memorize hundreds of words or digits in minutes can be learned by anyone, a study suggests. After just six weeks’ training, participants more than doubled their performance in a memory test, and scans showed their brains were functioning more like those of competitive memorizers.

Our brain is our governing body that provides central control of all other organs of our bodies.

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That's why it's quite important.

For this reason, scientists are doing a research on the brain. Recently, cognitive neuroscientists have screened the brains of 23 "World Memory Champions" to unlock the connections behind their incredible memory skills.

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Using the findings, it was possible for individuals with average memory abilities to improve their memory within 40 days.

The results of the study were published in the academic journal called Neuron.

Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands used structural MRI scans to investigate the brain of people with an exceptional memory.

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To their surprise, there seemed to be nothing special about their brain structure: no particular areas or connections looked larger or different. However, functional MRI scans revealed that the patterns of activity in brain areas related to memory and visuospatial processing looked different when the experts weren’t performing any particular tasks.

The memory champs who participated in the research said they had some exercises and strategies to improve their memory skills.

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This helped researchers improve their ideas.

Can anyone, through training and exercise, turn into a superhuman in terms of memory, creating new and strong connections in their brain?

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Next, they recruited 51 volunteers who had never previously tried to improve their memories.

Scientists instructed these people to practice the method of loci. This technique was first discovered by ancient Greeks and Romans in history.

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The method involves imagining a route that they know well, such as moving around their home or traveling to work and associating the information to be learned with landmarks along that route.

Let me give an example to explain the method in more detail:

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I imagine myself entering through the door and then turning right, walking around the circumference of the room until I arrive back at the door. The first object I pass by is an armchair, so I choose this as starting point. Second is a brown bamboo shelf – my second location. Third, is a bedside locker followed by my bed. Next to the bed is a blue standing fan….. Following around the circumference of my bedroom, I get 10 locations:

  • Armchair

  • Bamboo shelf

  • Bedside locker

  • Bed

  • Blue standing fan

  • Desk with printer on it

  • Small table

  • Dresser with mirror.

  • TV table with TV

  • Wardrobe

This gives me 10 locations in my room I can use as hooks to file 10 items.

It takes at least 30 minutes a day for 40 days for the training to be effective. Before training, individuals can recall an average of 26 to 30 words, then recall an average of 65 words.

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Later, they conducted an MRI review to see if these 25 connections had changed in any way.

The most prominent of the findings was a large increase in the connection between the two brain regions: these regions, termed the medial prefrontal cortex and the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, respectively, are associated with current knowledge and new knowledge of strategic learning.

Assistant in the field of cognitive neuroscience, Associate Dr. Martin Dresler, stated that it is sensible for these links to be effected and that these regions are the areas to be actively exercised.

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Long story short, with this method, we can all become a memory champion.

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