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Our brains are engineering masterpieces which specialize in soaking up information as if it were a sponge. You disagree? Just READ this page and you will discover just a small hint of what memory skills your brain already has!
The world's top memory sports competitors all began by using this technique then adapted it to specific tasks and now they are able to memorise 1000s of digits, 100s of items in a list, 100s of names and faces etc etc.. The list goes on. The truth is that everybody has a SUPER BRAIN capable of memorizing as much as the champions do. Improving your memory adds value to your life no matter who you are, whether you are a student, businessman, nurse, tradesperson and the list goes on...
That's enough spiel, let's get stuck into this! Take the following list of items and try to memorize them as you normally would (read each item once and try to remember the list):
Now take a moment to write down those words from your memory without referring to the list. No cheating! Don't worry about the correct order.
- skipping rope
- hot dog
Done? Now check to see how many you remembered correctly. You have done well if you remembered 10. Most people manage 6 or 7. However, anyone should be able to remember all 20 quite easily and in order! The next few paragraphs will forever change your ability to remember!
To successfully memorize the list of 20 items we are going to use association. Why association? Because association is how memory works. Hence we are going to associate the items in the list to each other and incorporate them in one imaginative story! This may sound ridiculous but it works. With practice you will achieve proficiency in doing this and will be able to do it as second nature. We will spare the technical details of why association works for now. The remainder of this site will prove this theory by putting it into action. For the proof we will use a fresh set of 20 random words. Of course these words could be a shopping list, or key points you have to learn for an exam but we will just use 20 random words from all over the place.
Instead of listing the words, they have already been incorporated into an imaginative story and highlighted with yellow so you know which ones we are trying to memorise. Read the story below, picture yourself in it and focus on the highlighted words. After you have read the story, look away from this screen and attempt to write down all 20 highlighted words. The more creative we get the better. There should be no limit to what you imagine in your story. Here goes...
Early one morning you are woken by the crowing of a ROOSTER. Startled, you LEAP out of bed so high you crash through the ceiling and find yourself high up in the air about to land on the CLOUDS. Caught by a cloud you sink deep into the softness and discover that clouds are made of COTTON and feel so cosy to lie in. It feels so enjoyable to roll around in the cotton that you lose yourself in the moment and forget to watch out for the edges when all of a sudden you FALL off the edge of a cloud! Rushing downward through the air you begin to panic as you accelerate towards the ground and SCREAM so loud your throat almost tears apart and you wake the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk from his slumber. The kind hearted giant reaches down and catches you in his humungous dry and scaly giant HAND just before you hit the ground. After some friendly CONVERSATION with the giant you ask him to put you back down on the ground. He obliges "yes sir" with his Earth rumbling deep voice. He mistakenly lowers you into a pool of sloppy and gooey MUD. The mud is cold and sticky and it comes up to your knees. It takes some effort but you eventually make your way out of the slush and step into a field of beautiful purple FLOWERS, the sweet smell entering your nose is the best thing that has happened to you all morning. As you're making your way through the flowers towards home you stumble upon a trees that grow CHOCOLATE. Thinking it would be a delicious breakfast you climb a tree and begin to indulge. While you are stuffing yourself the weather begins to heat up and now the chocolate from the trees are melting and leaking like taps and engulfing the entire ground! You quickly get out of the tree to hurry back home but the chocolate becomes too deep and and difficult to walk in so you decide to start SWIMMING in the sea of chocolate. After some freestyle and backstroke swimming you get to a floating CHERRY in the middle of the chocolate sea and grab on to its stem for some rest. After some rest, a pirate SHIP appears over the horizon and spots you holding on to the floating cherry. They sail their ship towards you and anchor it right next to you and drop a very long rope of platted HAIR for you to climb. You take hold of the hair and pull yourself up to the deck and realise that the hair is the captain's actual hair! You ask him how he grew such long and strong hair. He points at a stack of delicious looking cream filled BISCUITS and explains that his entire crew maintains a diet of those biscuits to maintain their strengh and vitality. The outlaw biscuit munching pirates take you back to a sandy shore and drop you off and leave you with a JEWEL encrusted biscuit as a memoir of your travels with them. You thank the pirates and set off on foot to make your way home when all of a sudden you hear the sound of ringing BELLS as your foot gets caught in something and you trip over falling face first into the sand. You blow some sound of your mouth and look up to see a pair of pointy ended jester SLIPPERS with shiny silver bells attached to the toe ends. Since they are a perfect fit and left unattended on a deserted beach you slip them on and walk all the way home where you are greeted by your beloved FAMILY who has missed you dearly since you set off on your unexpected adventure. The End.
Now take a moment to look away from the screen and attempt to write down the highlighted words.
Done? How many did you remember this time?
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