Memory engram

Most animals do not learn as we do. Their behaviors are guided by powerful instincts. Some instincts are activated by hormones, others are dormant memories encoded on a genetic level. These memories are called engrams, and today I want to explore this subject. For more reading check out here. Memories can be encoded into DNA! …

Healthcare memorization and mnemonics

Healthcare information requires large amount of memorization. Our students need to remember body parts in foreign languages, complex functional behaviour of these body parts, historical facts related to various body functions… The methods for remembering medicine, chemistry and biology are a combination of methods for remembering foreign languages and methods fro remembering historical processes. Barney …

Memory formation and consolidation

How are our memories formed? This is a simple question which I cannot answer properly. I will share some of the things I know, and you may probably want to learn more. Instinct vs learning Memories are extremely heterogenic. One way to differentiate memories: separate inborn vs acquired. Some memories were acquired by previous generations …

Zettelkasten

The best thing about mindmaps is the ease of rearranging the information. Entire branches can be moved with one operation. You do not get that with mental palaces. Yet, you need a computer to enjoy it… Or not?¬†How did notetaking and mindmaps look like two hundred years ago? People used to research back then. You …

Shared memory

Is there such a thing as a national memory, a memory shared between many people and not specific to any person? Once I would be skeptical, but now I would argue, there is and we can become a part of it. Identity defined by the memory Our identity is often defined by our experiences. If …

Reading and writing history

We learn history for many reasons. When discussing WWII we want history to never repeat. Reading about the decline of Rome we want America to be great again. And reading about the Spanish flu we want to be wiser facing new pandemics. As we live, we also experience and write history. Can we really improve …

Using brands and logos for visualization

In some of my courses, I suggest using brands and logos for the visualization of complex ideas. I kind of assume that this is straightforward… What if it isn’t? Here I provide more guidelines and ideas… Avoid abstractions Our language is full of abstractions. When we visualize, we should really avoid abstractions, because how do …

Do not mess up with autobiographical memory

When you practice memory, make sure you do not encode over your deepest emotional experiences. Our memories can be fragile, and if we mess up with autobiographical memory our past will turn into a blur. There is some controversy about this point, so you are welcome to disagree. Mnemonics in your home The most basic …

Memory formation theory

What is the basic structure of our brains? How are our memory formed? Can we influence that? Do we need to rely on mnemonic devices each time? Will our memories get lost in translation? Today we will try to examine the most basic layer of memory. This article is important, so I will try to …

Not a memorable PAO

Some of my students cannot generate a memorable PAO. To be honest, this was hard for me too. Moreover, there are no good guides about it. There are great coaches that can help, but their availability is limited. So I decided to share some of my insights. If you cannot remember a visualization in a …