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 …

Memory grandmasters

There are many memory grandmasters. To qualify for memory grandmaster one must complete 3 trials: 10 decks cards in one hour, 1000 numbers in one hour and one card deck in 2 min, not necessarily all in one tournament. There are further standard memory events, like memorizing 200 random words in 10 min or learn 60 …

Memory challenges

The top ranking memory champion recommends this memory sites for everybody willing to become memory sportsman. One of the coolest features of the site is a list on memory challanges. Unlike technical memory exercises, these mental challenges are packed with useful information. If you are premed student or want-to-be memory sportsman and want to check …

Nature vs nurture

Some of our students wonder regarding nature vs nurture controversy. The subject is very much open. See for example this nice article or these inspiring quotes. I will try to share some of my own experience. Back in 2008 came this amazing book which claimed to determine some of the factors that contribute to high …

Effective chunking with 2×2 grid

Memory champion Wang Feng uses a very simple and efficient chunking method. Wang Feng is arguably the fastest mnemonist alive, so his method works. The simplicity of this method is only superficial, and you need a lot of practicing to master it – more than other methods we teach. Influenced by the structure of his …