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The Memory Object - Use Every Day Objects to Increase Memory

Abandoned Railroad CarThis article will discuss how to increase memory using Memory Objects. This system is extremely effective to increase memory when used in combination with the Roman Room. The object memory system uses your mind’s incredible ability to remember objects and spatial information.

If you went through my article on the Roman Room you already have a good idea of how to use a memory house to increase memory. A memory object is similar, except you can use parts of your object to store memories.

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The Roman Room: Increase Memory with Memory Mnemonics

RomeWhat if I told you that your brain had built-in filing cabinets where you could store any memory and come back to it whenever you chose? It does! Every room you’ve ever walked through has the possibility of storing memories.This memory system, called the Roman Room, can increase memory significantly! This is one of the most popular and versatile memory techniques. Memory experts use the Roman Room to memorize decks of cards in a a few minutes. I enjoy using this technique to take notes on books that I read and to keep a journal of my life (take our memory course to see how!).

 

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Memory Mnemonic Principles

Increase Memory Using Memory Mnemonics

How often do you exercise your brain? Did you know that you can exercise your brain to increase memory? Your brain needs regular exercise to stay strong. Imagine having a memory where you don’t forget people’s names, passwords, or phone numbers. It’s possible to remember everything you learn.

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The Beginning of Memory Mnemonics

Memory Mnemonics is an art that has been used to improve memory for thousands of years. The art of memory mnemonics began in ancient antiquity, before 450 B.C. A man named Simonides is credited for inventing the art by recalling a relatively gruesome event. Simonides was invited to a banquet held by a man named Scopas. He paid Simonides of Ceos to recite a poem in his honor.

Poems were a commonplace art in antiquity, similar to perhaps a live band at a party today. Scopas grew angry when Simonides included a passage in praise of two Greek gods, so he refused to pay half the money that they had agreed upon. Simonides was angry and left the party.

After he left, the roof of the house fell on the people still inside the banquet. Later, the police came to identify the dead, but the bodies were mangled and disfigured beyond recognition. So the police asked Simonides if he could remember which people had attended the banquet. Simonides realized he could mentally picture the entire banquet hall, and by walking through it in his mind, he could remember every person in the room. This was the birth of what we call the Roman Room. This art of memory became commonplace in ancient Greece and Rome, and was later passed on to Catholic monks.

Simonides used his new art of memory for memorizing long poems. However, soon the art of memory made its way into rhetoric where it had its largest following. Even Aristotle mentions his use of memory mnemonics for remembering arguments to commonly disputed questions.

 


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