Training eidetic memory

Some say that eidetic memory does not really exist, while others claim to have eidetic memory. I am not going to separate between myth and reality: I do not know where the line lies. What I can do is explain how each of us can enjoy small amount of eidetic memory which is available to …

Keytostudy for doctors: remembering protocols

We have many medical students and doctors. There is one question we get quite often: T.R.: I would love to know more about how we can structure patient presentations and their differential diagnosis. In a way where you never forget anything. And then once you have the differential and more effective method for not missing …

Remembering people

Remembering people is a common memory task described here and here and here. Some people find it very easy to remember other people. For me this has always been a challenge. Three times I learned to remember people from the first handshake, and three times I lost the skill from lack of use. Here I …

Superlearning science: tips for beginners

I did not understand about learning science until the second year of my PhD.  At some point every method and technique I used started to fail. I read a lot, and the more I read the more helpless I felt. Things just did not work as I expected. Then I suddenly made a breakthrough and …

Focus on one memory technique or use them all

Our program is quite tough. It suggests students to learn in ~8 weeks the learning skills that are meant to change their life. By putting this hard but not unreachable goal, we ask our students to work smart and hard. We assume that some students will succeed to master all the required techniques in 8 …

Aphantasia

Aphantasia is a brand new medical condition. It means that you cannot generate mental images. Being brand new, this condition has not been sufficiently scientifically tested and verified. Many of my colleagues are sceptical regarding existence of this condition. We do not know how serious it can be, what can cause it, and how often …

Working memory as a link between brain processes

A large part of our progress has to do with improving our working memory processing. This post explains in detail what the working memory is. Below I will try to interpret it in simple terms related to our activities. Our memory uses several very fast and small buffers to work with various types of information: …

Remembering formulas

VS on Facebook: Is it a good idea to use mind maps for formulas (like in Physics, Math etc) Lev Goldentouch: Using mindmap for formulas is pretty much what a computer does. As human, I would also dual code small funny animations of each specific factor in the formula and why/how it changes the end …

Conciousness and attention dissociation

Many of our students read one thing while thinking about something else. This discrepancy is known as consciousness and attention dissociation and is counter-effective. For example, if you try to generate markers and worry about the quality of your markers at the same time, your attention is focused on the text, but your consciousness is …

Forgetting as a way to handle traumas

Occasionally we ask ourselves: why do we forget at all? What if we could remember things forever? Apparently forgetting things helps us to deal with traumas. One of the best ways to deal with traumatic experience is rewriting the traumatic memory. Some courage is required, so do not attempt this if you do not have …