Car Crash Survivor Michael Gusman Talks About Mnemonics And Brain Trauma

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Mnemonic car crashCan memory techniques help people recover from brain trauma?

Obviously, you need to consult with a doctor first, but you might find the following experience inspiring – and something you want to share with your medical professional.

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you’ll hear from Michael Gusman. He’s a memory enthusiast who was t-boned by an SUV atwi 55 miles per hour.

As a result, Michael suffered multiple injuries and a brain hemorrhage that left him with short term memory loss.

In this interview you’ll learn Michael’s personalized Memory Palace methods and how to get started on creating your own.


  • You’ll learn what the journey method is and how it can help you recall information without any effort.
  • You’ll learn how having a dedicated memory strategy helped him deal with the fear and confusion of memory loss following his accident.
  • You’ll hear about exactly how much of his recovery he attributes to the use of memory techniques.
  • You’ll learn how to directly place information into your long term memory so that when you want to recall it, it’s just like turning on a faucet.
  • You’ll learn about number rhymes and wax tablets, key techniques that anyone can get started using right away.
  • You’ll learn why memory techniques are a lot easier than they seem and how to use exotic action, images and even smells to help you memorize information.
  • You’ll learn Michael’s biggest mistakes as he was first learning memory techniques and building Memory Palaces so that you don’t have to make them yourself.
  • … and much, much more.

Enjoy this interview and let both Michael and I know if you have any questions.

And before you go, it’s not just car-crash induced brain trauma that mnemonics can help you recover from.

Check out this TEDTalk for some very interesting research into the use of Memory Palaces to help Alzheimer’s patients remember the names of their loved ones:



I’ve also run across some interesting reports about people using Memory Palaces to stave off the effects of so-called “chemo brain.” That will be fantastic news if it really helps people cope with the terrible suffering of the cancer itself and the side effects of the medicines used to treat it.

So as you can see, even if you’ve experienced memory loss from brain trauma, there’s hope.
If you can see in your mind or even just think about where your kitchen is in relation to your bedroom, you’re halfway there. (And if you can’t, look up my video on aphantasia. Believe me, you can still use a Memory Palace and memory techniques.)
And if you can get an image or thought about your favorite actor or cartoon character in your mind, then chances are, you can learn to memorize just about anything.
You just need to work at it a little bit every day and have something you want to memorize. Make it something that will make a meaningful difference in your life, like Michael did. He skipped memorizing shopping lists and went straight for scripture with great personal meaning for him.
And if you’re worried that you don’t have any locations you can use to base a Memory Palace on, just have a listen to this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast. It will help you out a great deal. 🙂

Further Resources

St. Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

Cicero’s Ad Herennium

You can also listen to this interview via YouTube:

Further Resources

Jim Samuels on how to use mnemonics to reduce stress.

Traumatic Brain Injury article in Wikipedia.

My discussion with Jennie Gorman on memory loss on Magnetic Memory Method Live:

If you’ve experienced memory loss from brain trauma or illness, let me know in the comments below. I’m always searching for ways to help! 🙂

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