Best mnemonics and memory training for medical students and nurses – Part 2

Many of my readers and students practice medicine. All memory methods we teach are perfectly suited for medicine. Moreover, in 1:1 Anna uses some exclusive methods SPECIFICALLY developed for the medical students.  Since memoization is any extremely important and time-consuming part of any medical practice, and since medical practice is so long and intense,  you have no excuse for skipping memory practice.

Here Chase goes into the methods he actually uses, ending up with the methods we actually read more

Best mnemonics and memory training for medical students and nurses – Part 1

Many of my readers and students practice medicine. All memory methods we teach are perfectly suited for medicine. Moreover, in 1:1 Anna uses some exclusive methods SPECIFICALLY developed for the medical students.  Since memoization is any extremely important and time-consuming part of any medical practice, and since medical practice is so long and intense,  you have no excuse for skipping memory practice.

This is the first part of a guest article written by one of our friends and students Chase read more

Longevity and weird lifehacks

Running a blog about learning and productivity for so many years, sometimes I surprise people by doing all the other things that I do. Recently one of my students felt overwhelmed and I suggested some mindfulness training. For me, it is no secret that dealing with stress is one of the most important things we can do to improve productivity. Today I will try to widen the range of subjects I usually discuss. You may read more here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Who wants to live forever?

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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, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

My childhood fallacy

When I was a child, learning was easy for me and sports were hard. This is a very common predisposition. Unfortunately, as a child, I was not exposed to the abundance of scientific information available today. I had an unfortunate tendency to get read more

Magical thinking and its healing powers

The human mind is strange in many wonderful ways. One of the strangest properties of our mind is the ability to heal the body. We can change the reality by telling a story or visualizing a metaphor. In this article, I try to question the science and the apparent magic of healing. You can further widen your understanding of the subject by reading here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Most people do not want to see a psychologist

We kind of know that psychology works, yet most people are reluctant to visit a psychologist. When people read more

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 operate and it appeared to be working. I understood the article better than when I looked at it an hour before. read more

Forgive to empower yourself

Forgiveness may be easy for some, but definitely, it is hard for me. Yet at some point not long ago I understood that past attachments do not allow me to pursue my passions. Passion often comes during the action, by focusing on the action and enjoying it. Having the focus invested in some past events and things that could be, distracts me, makes me a negative person and diminishes my creative abilities. To forgive I needed to use several techniques, some of which will be addressing in other articles. read more

Massive memory structures

I am occasionally asked how can someone remember 1 mil visualizations. Now 1 mil visualizations is a lot. For comparison, The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words. It is enough to know ~5000 words and 5000 phrases of a foreign language to be fluent, e.g. about 100,000 visualizations should suffice per language. Practically, not even a doctor or a lawyer needs more than 200,000 visualizations for their read more

Fighting age and stress

When we are young and inexperienced we make huge progress. If feels like we will be making the same kind of progress as we get older. Unfortunately this is not true. Our evalutaion of our future self is typically over-optimistic, and as we mature we need to face the consequences. You may read the articles that inspired me here, here, here, and here.

Future self fallacy

One of the most common fallacies is the assumption that things will continue the way they are. While this may usually be true for short-term decisions read more

Using visualization to improve physical and psychological well-being

Being a superlearner, you have a powerful visualization technique in your toolbox. It is only reasonable to ask what this toolbox can be used for other than learning. The answer is somewhat complex and very exciting. Today I will talk about the healing power of your visualizations. This article is a sort of an overview and should not be used to acquire a specific visual tool.

Healing visualizations

There are many ways to use visualization for healing as a form of hypnosis ranging between deep hypnosis, self-hypnosis, read more