Magnetic square review

Today’s article is a bit different. While usually, I try to review several approaches to a complex issue, today I want to review a dead-simple approach to a very simple challenge. Suppose you want to learn memorization and have only three days, what would you do? The simplest mental palace known to man Memory palaces …

Opening up for learning

People who read this blog usually are interested in learning. People who contact us are working hard to improve their learning skills.  Some of the people write to thank us for our job, and this is very satisfying. Others ask for advice.  Many conversations start from technical questions and quite soon deal with deal with deep …

Revisiting places of memory

We may train our memory and read texts, but then how much of that will we remember just after a day? We may go further, create notes and review them for a while, but eventually, we will stop. How much will we remember after twenty years? Does memory training work at all when we consider long …

Sports and mind

Physical activity and mental sports are considered to be some of the best ways to have a young and effective brain. This is an ongoing theme in this blog. For further reading I suggest reading here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. My childhood fallacy When I was a child, learning was easy for …

Treating traveling as the perfect investment in your future

When we have time and money we love to travel. This serves some deep need in human nature.  Being a scientist, each time that I see a deep need I am looking for a competitive advantage. Why is traveling a good investment, and how can we improve it? For today’s reading, I have chosen some …

Groundhog Day or Memory Errors

Two people can see the same movie or read the same book and come out with a very different memory of what they saw. Some people have unique perspectives that are surprisingly fresh and unexpected. In this guest article, Daniel Dishman shares a unique perspective on the classical movie “Groundhod Day”.   Who doesn’t like …

Group learning

In the first day of September children usually go to school after the summer vacation. Many children use the summer vacation to learn on their own, things that have very little to do with their school subjects. Some children learn music or read books, while others swim or shoot hoops. When the vacation is over, …

Learning with feelings

Usually, when we discuss learning we address anything but feelings. This can be very convenient if our feelings are tuned with what we learned.  When our feelings are in the way of what we learn, we try to activate the willpower and concentrate on more intellectual and technical aspects of learning. Sometimes we would like …

How to Improve Visual Memory with the Help of Mandala?

Few of the methods we offer are invented by us, more methods are based on cutting-edge research. Yet, some of the most important self-improvement techniques are very old. In this guest article, Daniel Dishman mentions one of the ancient techniques: Buddhist mandala practice. The mandala practice tends to be very complex emotionally charged for the …

Direct current brain stimulation

A couple of weeks ago I finally found the courage to pump my brain with direct current as I read a very complex mathematical paper. I bought a very simple device called “The Brain Stimulator” and used “improving insightfulness” setting. The electrodes were moist and warm and quite pleasant. The device was extremely easy to …