5 whys and mindmaps

There is a popular belief that if you ask “why” five times you will get to the root cause of any problem. Here is a cool article about it. The method was developed by engineers, and not by scientists, so we do not really know how well it works. It does show an interesting tendency …

Mnemonic songs

This is a short post about mnemonic songs. I read this cool song avout periodic table and decided to write a post. The main question: when do we generate mnemonic songs? During the course we put a special emphasis on visualization and visual markers. The reason is very simple: the main emphasis of the course …

Self-evaluation fallacy

To which extent are we able to evaluate our knowledge? Apparently we are not that good. There are several biases of the cognition that make us more comfortable with ourselves than we should be. Take for example confirmation bias. We assume some line of thought. Now everything new we see makes us more sure in …

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: …