Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Learn, Memorize And Recall Anything Using Memory Techniques, Mnemonics And A Memory Palace Fast Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:13:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast 32 32 The Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is your portal to creating Memory Palaces and using mnemonics for memorizing foreign language vocabulary (and a lot of other precious information too). Hosted by Anthony Metivier, the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary in a way that is easy, elegant, effective and fun. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast (Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast) Memorize Foreign Language Vocabulary Using Simple, Universal, Mnemonic Principles Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast 12 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory (Step-By-Step Tutorial) Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:02:58 +0000 2 <p>Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics."</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">12 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory (Step-By-Step Tutorial)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Brain Exercises to Improve Memory Magnetic Memory Method Blog Featured ImageLooking for brain exercises to improve your memory?

You’re in the right place!

On this page, you’ll discover:

  • Exercises using your mind only
  • Exercises that combine your mind and body
  • Exercises that work with your thoughts and feelings
  • Exercises that work with your sleep

But before we get started, this distinction matters for all mature learners who want to unlock mental adventures and experience better memory, focus and concentration:

The Important Difference Between Brain Exercises
For Memory Improvement And “Neurobics”

It’s common knowledge that there are many benefits of exercise on the body, but brain exercises to improve memory is all too often overlooked.

Sad, but true.

In our regular routines of cardio Mondays, weightlifting Tuesdays, and, yes, even the dreaded “leg day” – the most important muscle to target is sometimes overlooked, our brain!

In their book, Keep Your Brain Alive, Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin coined an altogether appropriate term for this mental workout, neurobics.

Keep Your Brain Alive Book Cover Image By Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin Magnetic Memory Method Podcast and Blog

Catchy term, right?

The authors make the case for brain exercises in everyday life.

It really can be as simple as stepping out of our routines to create a gymnasium of sorts for your brain so you get a regular mental workout.

Exercises to improve memory and concentration produce these results because:

“Different, underused nerve pathways and connections get activated. The result is the production of a kind of natural brain fertilizer that strengthens nerve connections and helps them and your nerve cell receivers stay younger and stronger.”

In our modern world, with its fascination with the “fountain of youth” isn’t that something we all want?

But there’s a huge difference we need to consider:

Neurobics does not always exercise your memory because these exercises rarely directly involve your memory.

But if we want to see continual growth and stability for life when it comes to memory, we need to include memory in our fitness regime.

Brain Exercise Games You Should Play Every Day

Now it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the mere mention of brain exercises.

After all, a simple online query in your favorite search engine will return seemingly endless choices for brain exercise apps.

You might even breath a sigh of defeat (gasp!) trying to decide which one is best and simply give up on the thought of brain exercise all together….

But what if I told you the answer was simple?

What if the solution to how to make your brain sharp naturally is not a $3.99 app in the Google Play store?

Brain Exercise apps illustration questioning the wisdom of installing brain games on your phone

What if all the tools you needed to make your brain work faster is already in your possession?

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Good news…for once it’s not.

The Zen Of “Game Theory” To Guide Your Brain Exercise Efforts

I know you may be asking “Why do we need theory in the first place?”

Theory matters because we need something that leads us to practice.

Then, our practice with memory training leads us to theory that improves our practice.

In short, the game theory that underlies true memory improvement is cyclical.

That’s not the whole story, either:

Your brain development is not something you should approach haphazardly. Each of us must ask ourselves these questions to discover our “ideal brain workout”:

  • How do we play brain games that get results?
  • How do we know what those games are?
  • How do we play only those games that we will cheerfully play, that we enjoy, and that we want to play again, and again, and again?

That’s game theory in a nutshell.

How To Pick The Right Brain Exercises For Maximum Memory Improvement

With the New Year approaching it’s easy to let our mind wander to the idea of New Years’ resolutions. It’s a time when gym membership numbers skyrocket and the billion dollar industry of sports and fitness apparel clothing has its time to shine.


The no. 1 resolution, year after year, is to stay fit and healthy, whether that means losing weight or eating cleaner.

The sad fact is that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. What is the key to success for that remaining 20 percent?

Why are they still putting in work in at the gym come March when attendance has dwindled for spin class and CrossFit?

They only do the workouts they enjoy.

Let that sink in.

Let that resonate.

Those that stick to their goals are not the ones that trudge through a 3-mile run daily if they hate it. They don’t suffer through the latest trendy group class twice a week because it doesn’t bring them joy.

To achieve their fitness goals they start with an activity that interests them, trusting the process to find what they love.

Applying this same principle, you too can find the neurobic exercise you enjoy, not just for enjoyment’s sake, but one that works, that you see results from, which keep you motivated and cheerful in your practice.

Where You’ll Find The Best Advantages
From Memory Improvement Brain Exercises

The greatest advantage we can give ourselves when it comes to brain exercise games is to, whenever possible, create games from the information you’re learning.

In other words, information that you’re already seeking to commit to memory.


This is information that matters to you, that you’re already invested in, that is practical and applicable to your life.

Think back to the narrative about going to the gym, or even just a physical exercise plan in general.

This is the greatest example of starting with an activity that interests you. You are building upon a foundation that already exists. You are setting yourself up for success by playing to your strengths.

1. Fun Brain Exercises Using The Alphabet

For example, the alphabet learned at an early age, as well as basic addition and subtraction can be used as powerful brain exercises.

This foundation of general knowledge, so engrained, can be used as a basis for a brain game.

Try to recite the alphabet backwards in another language, or forwards-backwards by saying A, Z, B, Y, etc.

2. Amazing Brain Exercises Using Numbers

Use “math facts” to your advantage.

Think of a number important to you and decide on a pattern to work with that number, say add four, minus five.

If your anniversary is July 22nd (722) and you have a 9-year-old child (4 and 5), you could use this number and pattern to recite 722, 726, 721, 725, 720.

You are using information that is already in your knowledge-base to challenge your thinking.

Time Out! Maximize Your Mental Fitness By Managing The Challenge-Frustration Curve

As you complete this exercise, or any others, work to find a balance on the challenge-frustration curve.

Think of a total body workout.

If you wanted build muscle a key component of your routine would be weightlifting, right? Too little resistance and you wouldn’t achieve growth, but adding too much to a free-weights system would only lead to frustration (and a barbell never making it off the ground).

image with Train Your Brain message

For optimal results you would gradually add to your total, a few pounds at a time, to constantly challenge yourself.

The same idea applies to building on the knowledge you already have.

If you’re no longer challenged using an addition and subtraction pattern try addition and multiplication.

If the alphabet backwards is no longer a challenge, try recitation in English and another language, switching with each letter in succession.

Try larger numbers for your mental rotation.

Use historical dates (birthdates or inauguration dates of Presidents, publish dates of pieces by your favorite composers, etc.). These larger, four-digit numbers are a challenge to build upon.

Go beyond the elementary school basics and create a real-world gymnasium for even more of a challenge.

Instead of suffering through a mindless morning commute, use your drive into work to memorize license plates.

Use these random sequences of letters and numbers as a jumping off point for the alphabet and summation exercises we just discussed.

3. How To Increase Mental Fitness By
Using Popular Culture In Your Brain Games

Even sources of entertainment can be used as brain exercise.

Take a favorite actor or director and see if you can list their filmography either in historical order or reverse historical order.

Then take it a step further:

See if you can list all the actors in your favorite film.

You’ll easily create connections, or a web of sorts, of actors, directors, and movies. From a casual observer to a movie buff, this “celebrity cultivation” exercise is a great activity for any level.

4. Powerful Brain Games With Language For More Exciting Challenges

Building upon the alphabet to increase the level of challenge, try suppression or skipping.

For example, think of A, skip B, think about C, skip D forwards, then go backwards, with Z, skip Y, X, skip W, and so on. The patterns for skipping around are endless just for the alphabet.

Move on to whole words next.

Image to express language learning combined with memory techniques

If you don’t want to work with the language you’re learning, take your list of celebrities you cultivated earlier.

Instead of simply naming Angelina Jolie as a favorite actress try spelling her name with suppression. A, skip N, G skip E, and do the opposite for her last name:

Skip J, O, skip L, etc.

You can use this method for a database of historical figures if history is your concentration, medical terms, elements of the periodic table, or even just to memorize the names of your colleagues at a new job.

5. Brain Games with Foods That Improve Memory

Ask any fitness expert and they will agree that exercise alone is not going to cut it if one is trying to shed extra pounds.

There is a golden rule that weight loss is approximately 20 percent exercise and a whopping 80 percent diet. Weight loss happens with a caloric deficit, meaning more calories are burned than consumed. Basically food is the key element to healthy living.

Image of fruit to illustrate a concept relating to vitaims for memory improvementDiet and exercise work as a team to achieve overall health, so naturally brain games involving food are a great way to work out your mind. These games might even be better than vitamins for memory improvement you’ve heard about on advertisements.

So the next time you head out to the grocery store, add these mental exercises to the physical fitness you’ll be getting while on the road.

Memorize the ingredients to a favorite recipe, equivalencies in baking (3 teaspoons are equal to a tablespoon), or try to imagine the result of a flawed recipe by using suppression or skipping to purposefully overlook an ingredient.

Imagine omitting baking powder from a pancake recipe or eggs from a cake. Visualize the results.

Then, take the healthy approach and try “brain active” foods.

Mentally calculate the amount of baby carrots you could eat to equal a serving of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, or the cups of baby spinach to amount to the calories in a serving of New York style cheesecake.

6. Get Your Mouth Into The Physical Exercise For Brain Boosts

Make a game of memorizing your shopping list in another language. Even pig latin will do.

Or if you must do it in your mother tongue, try this instead of rote learning the list:

Commit to memory that you need milk, eggs, and bread, by reversing the letters of each word. Recite that you need K-L-I-M, S-G-G-E, and D-A-E-R-B.

After spelling and pronouncing your list backward, practice the same list using the skipping/suppression exercise to spell your items.

7. Physical Brain Exercises That Improve Concentration

I learned the metronome exercise from Matthew Clark at York University. It is a great exercise to improve concentration with minimal equipment.

Image of a Metronome to illustrate a Brain Exercise Magnetic Memory Method Blog

By using either a physical metronome or any of the widely available apps for smartphones try to synchronize your claps or snaps with the beat, then gradually slow the beat down, increasing the distance between claps or snaps.

By mixing both a mental exercise with a physical action this will increase your concentration over time. For an even greater challenge, once you’ve mastered this, try the same exercise with your eyes closed.

8. The Four Details Exercise

If you want to incorporate elements outside yourself, try the four details game I learned from memory expert Dr. Gary Small. When you are introduced to someone new try to memorize four details about them.Image of Gary Small Author of 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain

This could be their eye color, what color shirt they were wearing, or hair color. When you recall their name, recall these details.

You can add even more of a challenge to this passive exercise (simply noticing details about someone) by making these details magnetic.

For example, if your new acquaintance has a red jacket, you can associate a mnemonic, magnetic image to that red jacket.

Or, if your Magnetic image of red is an apple, you can associate Amy’s red jacket to apples.

Finally, build upon the celebrity list you learned about earlier.

Take one of the films you named and try to recall the movie’s plot points in order. How many times have you tried to tell a friend about a great movie you watched the weekend before, only to find that a lot of the details were fuzzy.

You could remember the beginning that pulled you in and grabbed your attention and the action packed finale that left you clamoring for a sequel, but everything in the middle wasn’t so clear.

Instead of shutting your brain off the next time you turn on Netflix, try, instead, to keep yourself engaged so that you can recall the entire film. It’s a great way to satisfy the need for entertainment while giving your brain a workout.

9. Yoga For Mental Sharpness:
The Ultimate Physical Brain Exercise

Incorporating a physical practice, just like the metronome exercise is a fantastic way to increase the power of your memory.

If you already have a practice in place, you can use as few as three poses and flow between the movements, using your flow to rehearse memorized content.

If you are new to yoga you can learn a few simple, beginner poses followed by an easy way to shift between them.

After finding what works for your body, balance, and skill level, combine the sequence of movements with reciting information that you have committed to memory.

To build on this idea, if you want to take your yoga practice off the mat, or if you find yourself frustrated with your physical yoga practice, you can shift into the more mental practice of karma yoga.

The purpose of this practice is to humble your ego, serve your community, and causes you to become part of something bigger.

You are acting selflessly in service to others, doing good things for others with no expectation of anything in return.

You are putting a selfless action out into the world with no expectation of return. Letting go of the outcome, by sampling taking action because it is the right thing to do.

10. Why Karma Yoga Is The Ultimate Brain Exercise

How does this kind of yoga count as brain exercise?

The answer is simple:

You are constantly reminding yourself, keeping yourself in check, that once you have set an action out into the world it is no longer yours to control.

This consistent reminder to one’s self, in itself, is an exercise in staying present, building concentration through self-awareness.

Think back to your childhood.

If you were anything like me you loved Super Mario.

Image to express a concept related to brain exercise

Was there that one level that you just couldn’t seem to get past? Whether it was being eaten by a piranha plant or missing a jump, you would get frustrated if you ever got stuck, right? It’s a natural reaction…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

A great mental exercise would be to revisit those sometimes tantrum-inducing games as adults. What if you could play simply for the sake of enjoyment?

What if you could laugh off constant defeat by the goombas a koopa troopas and just have fun? What’s stopping you from finding joy just in the action of play? Absolutely nothing but your own mind.

You can enjoy the journey, powering your way through the levels, with a karma yoga mindset, letting go of the expectation of saving Princess Peach, and simply playing the game.

Over time, you’ll find with the act of letting go the levels pass easier, because your practice will be enjoyable and your skills will then improve.

With reevaluation and consistent review of your mindset to one of karma yoga practice, concentration is less forced, and thereby memory improved, because your focus is shifted.

Karma yoga concentrates the mind, crumbles bad memories, makes life a bright and shiny game, and creates a wonderful treasure-trove of memories, all through a shift in mindset.

11. The Brain Game of Bhakti Yoga

To take mental yoga even further, another branch of yoga, bhakti yoga, is a practice of “love for love’s sake,” or “union through love and devotion.”

Simply put, bhakti yoga is a practice of devotion, in its broadest sense.

This word can be interpreted in many ways, with the idea of devotion being such a general term, but it goes effortlessly hand-in-hand with memory palaces.

By physically visiting inspiration for memory palaces, such as a childhood home (even if yours was a turbulent one), practicing forgiveness in order to build a memory palace from a place that perhaps heartbreak resided is a powerful manifestation of bhakti yoga.

Committing to a life of love, with receiving nothing in return – incorporating the karma yoga ideals is a mental exercise, again, to constantly evaluate your thoughts, and therefore shapes your actions.

You can also turn this practice inward, through devotion towards self-inquiry.

Evolving Beyond Thought Gary Weber Book Cover

We must all constantly look inward, examining our own thoughts in order to have a mindset of karma, or mindset of love.

Instead of passively having thoughts, or being passive, letting those thoughts control us, we must constantly examine our thoughts, asking ourselves:

  • “How do my thoughts behave?”
  • “Are they useful?”
  • “Just how real are my thoughts?”

For more information on questions like these, please read Evolving Beyond Thought by Gary Weber. It is excellent and the source of these questions.

With this devotion to self, a devotion to the health of our own thoughts, developing a concentration, an active mental state this will prime our brains for memory growth.

Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

And like many of the other exercises, you can perform these self-inquiry questions while on a walking meditation.

12. Magnetic Dream Recall as Brain Exercise

Finally, training does not have to be limited to our waking hours. With a few simple techniques all 24 hours of our day can be productive, and we can exercise our brains in a dream state.

First start with the concept of lucid dreaming. In order to utilize your dream state, you must realize you are, in fact, dreaming.

A practical way to know if you are dreaming or awake is to draw a symbol on your hand (a star, heart, smiley face, etc.) with a permanent marker. You will know that you are awake if you look down and see your symbol. If it isn’t on your hand, it is likely you are asleep.

By knowing you are in dream state, you can sort through alternate realities you perhaps have created for yourself, or are punishing yourself for.

You can separate fantasy from reality, and understand what a healthy reality is subconsciously, so that your waking life is no longer filled with suffering-inducing expectations caused by a dream state.

Practically, you will also be able to practice your autobiographic, episodic, and figural memory. If you incorporate dream journaling and autobiographical (the events of your day) journaling into a daily mindfulness practice you will be able to not only remember more of your dreams, but remember more of your waking life. Over time your memory will improve by focusing on its improvement, setting a goal of improving it.

Final Thoughts On Keeping Your Brain Well Exercised And Your First Steps

All of these techniques are beneficial to memory improvement, and will improve your concentration through disciplined practice, incorporating neurobics into your everyday life, however, you cannot improve if you don’t know where to start.

If you have no idea of where you are with your memory health, you cannot take the steps to make it better.

Join me now to begin the journey of self-awareness and the first step to better brain health.

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Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics." Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics." Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 51:23
How To Learn Faster With The AFT Learning Model Thu, 22 Nov 2018 04:23:48 +0000 2 <p>Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Learn Faster With The AFT Learning Model</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Learn Faster WIth The AFT Learning Model Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Feature ImageIf you’ve been trying to learn faster and keep getting stuck, chances are you haven’t got the AFT Learning Model on your side.

And if you’re someone who invests in coaching so you can reach your learning goals and they’re not aware of how learners need Action, Feedback and Triggers, then you need to reconsider the person you’ve got on your side.

To clarify just why the AFT Learning Model (Action, Feedback, Trigger) is so important to learning, Edan Kertis of MyQuest joins me on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

Success is something we understand very well at a neuro chemical level.

The questions is…

How will our educators use the best 21st century technology has to offer to magnify their ability to coach us toward results?

And is it even possible?

Can Coaching Apps Really Help You Learn Faster?

As a memory blogger, vlogger and podcaster, I truly believe that it is possible to learn faster and remember more  using the kind of software Edan has created.

And there is a long track record of seeking insight into the matter…

  1. I’ve posed similar questions to Gabriel Wyner, creator of the Fluent Forever app.
  2. Olly Richards and I have also discussed the ins-and-outs of this topic when it comes to getting the most out of online language learning courses.
  3. I’ve talked about mnemonics and language learning in “virtual Memory Palaces” with Timothy Moser.
  4. I hope to get Jaron Lanier on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to talk about Dawn of the New Everything and his views on VR as a kind of Memory Palace.

And the reality is…

I keep my mind open, but…

Not so open that my brain falls out.


Because the threat of Digital Amnesia is real.


Some people are taking related technologies into some pretty dark territory.

Then there’s Neuralink.

Don’t think it can’t happen.

And before you open your skull to receive, understand that there are at least 7 Reasons Having A Memory Implant Would Really Suck.

Yes, the technology really can grow so small that our coaches start crawling into our heads.

The Future Of The Magnetic Memory Method App…

Despite my concerns over these technologies, I’m still open to designing a Magnetic Memory Method app.

In fact, a wireframe for a very good “passive training app” already exists.

This app is probably best used in hospitals for helping stroke and brain trauma victims recover their memory abilities. But it could help every day people remember more and learn faster too.

It’s pretty clear that MyQuest could help create a “guided” version of the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.

We shall see what the future brings as I continue to explore the discussion Edan and I started a few years back in Tel Aviv.

In fact, Edan introduced me to Hummus Mshawsha, one of the city’s best kept secrets. It’s also become one of my favorite Memory Palaces.

Mshawashe Hummus Restaurant in Tel Aviv

I’m very honored to have an ongoing discussion like ours with such an accomplished entrepreneur and technological innovator.

If you haven’t heard our previous discussion about the role of questing in your education, you’ll learn a lot from Edan. And you can fill out our survey about the MMM app yet to come on that page.

How Fast Do You Want To Learn? 

At the end of the day, today’s episode of the podcast will help you discover the AFT Learning Model so you can make better education choices.

It will always be based on your learning style.

Whether you’re into using Stoic Secrets For Using Memory Techniques With Language Learning or…

You want to reach your memory improvement goals with “Atomic Habits”

This discussion will put you in good stead.

Let us know in the discussion below just how the ability to learn at a faster speed would improve your life – and what you’ll do when you can.

That’s your call to action.

You’ll get feedback when you post.

And I promise I’ll say something that triggers further action to keep the right kinds of action flowing towards the right kinds of feedback and triggers in your learning journey.

Sound like a deal?

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Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 54:05
Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John Graham Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:42:22 +0000 4 <p>John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John Graham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John GrahamWant memory training secrets from a bona fide memory champion?

You’re in the right place.

And even better than talking about mnemonic examples, Memory Palaces and general mnemonics…

When you click play on the recording above…

John Graham, the 2018 USA Memory Champion shares the mindset, strategies and habits needed to train your memory…

Under pressure. 

And the ability to perform under pressure matters for everyone, whether you’re recalling information on TV…

Names at a meeting…

Or information during an exam at school.

Why I’m So Impressed With John’s Memory Training Know-how

As a memory enthusiast and blogger specializing in memory techniques, John’s skills and the information he offers through his memoryjohn website and email newsletter are top notch.

And as you’ll hear today…

John originally didn’t think he could use memory techniques!

He went on an incredible journey to find courage, consistency and competence with memory training.

The same levels of laser-sharp mental clarity you can find too…

Just by listening to the right memory training mentors.

Why You Need To Train Your Memory For The Long Term

And John is indeed one of the best because he helps you see both the short and the long term benefits of memory training…

All while making sure that you find ways to stay with it for the long term.

Why does that matter?

Because life’s rewards go straight into your memory… nowhere else.

Think about it:

Cars… houses… money…

They all change, get lost, lose value.

But memory?

The more you can hold onto, the greater its value increases the longer you can call it your own.

And if you can’t remember the great things you learn, then you risk losing life’s treasures forever.

So follow John’s lead and overcome whatever mental rubbish might be holding you back from success with memory techniques by following his lead.

And if you want to see John working his memory magic with your own eyes, just click play on this incredible video:

Then, as you’re listening, make sure you follow John on Twitter.

The Next Level Memory Ideas I Enjoyed Learning The Most

Personally, I benefitted the most from hearing John talk about:

  • Crafting the mindset needed to develop memory competitor-level skills
  • Deliberately using additional difficulty to increase your memory chops quickly
  • The correct use of memory training apps and software to avoid falling into the traps Digital Amnesia
  • How to incorporate consistent training into a busy travel schedule

All of these points will help you in your memory practice just as they helped me.

Even better:

After listening, you can leave us a comment below with your questions and comments so you too can experience “next level” memory skills!

Further Free Memory Training Resources

How to Win the USA Memory Championship

8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System

5 Note Taking Techniques That Force You To Remember More

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John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:07:48
Brain Games, Sommelier Studies And Avoiding The Oliver Cromwell Effect With Christian Fitzharris Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:47:24 +0000 2 <p>What kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more? If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app. Well, not Christian Fitzharris. Actor, musician, sommelier and author, Christian plays brain games with words. And to make the brain exercise even more effective, he adds juggling to …</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Brain Games, Sommelier Studies And Avoiding The Oliver Cromwell Effect With Christian Fitzharris</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Christian Fitzharris Brain Games Magnetic Memory Method PodcastWhat kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more?

If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app.

Well, not Christian Fitzharris.

Actor, musician, sommelier and author, Christian plays brain games with words.

And to make the brain exercise even more effective, he adds juggling to the mix too.

In fact, I was so blown away when I saw a video of Christian playing an authentic brain game, I could help but record a response!

For the original video that started it all, check out:

Then click play on the interview above and discover:

  • How Christian first encountered memory techniques and mnemonics.
  • The differences between different kinds of acting.
  • The role of memory techniques in becoming a sommelier.
  • The role of using mnemonics while imbibing alcohol in a professional role.
  • How to avoid the “Oliver Cromwell Effect” when learning to use mnemonics.

This final point will be especially important for those who want to become a living mnemonics dictionary.

The alternative?

Getting endlessly lost the constant hunt for mnemonic examples and be trapped in learned helplessness forever.

The ultimate cure? Play Brain Games as Christian suggests. In case you want to follow along with his rap, here are the wonderful lyrics he created…

“Brain Games”

 BY SCHOLAR & Anthony Metivier

“I Define Establish

Exercise and Practice

Externalize Spatial maps

As I attack the path of, “mature learner”.

“Bottle Burner”

But I yearn to max memory reserve

In earnest/

I’m a furnace.

An anomaly.

Sibling of Simonides, known.

To Reduce Cognitive load.

And oh-

How I ro-tate

Juggle-ing space

Makin’ a case

For Brain Games so Digital Amnesia

Leaves ya.

Digital dementia is censored.

Did ya all tag Herrenium on your mind wall?

Re-view recall? (We will evolve!)


Brain Games synapses flashin’

Mind Palace crashin’

With the Brain Games

Info encoded, mental high roller.


Brain Games, don’t need an app for that

I just attack with the path of a lab rat.

I mean, scientist.

I’m an annihilist finalist

Illuminist mneumonist

Doin’ this, provin this.

Who is this? SCHOLAR!

Dopamine fiend

Clean sheen like the Pleaides.

Enemies, ill at ease.

Killin’ with abilities.

Strollin’ with affinity.

Rollin’ with my Kennedy’s.

Brain Games-

Healthy snacks!

Build a palace.

Peg some facts.


Learn to Balance

While you rap!

Unleash talents, don’t look back!

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Further Resources

For more ideas on how to keep your brain fit, check out these 5 Brain Exercises That Ensure Memory Improvement.

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 How To Practice Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Subjects Tue, 30 Oct 2018 21:56:59 +0000 2 <p>Memory techniques for studying are a dime a dozen. They're also completely useless if you don't know how to practice them. Read this for real memory skills.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href=""> How To Practice Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Subjects</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Feature Image Memory Training Practice Tips For the Magnetic Memory Method BlogYou know success with memory techniques for studying requires practice, right?

That’s a no brainer. But here’s the catch that stops many people cold in their tracks:

Because people also know adding another skill will require time…

Getting started with memory improvement kind of freaks them out!

But what if there was a way for memory techniques to save you time instead of costing you time?

One that lets you cut like a laser through even the toughest subjects and most challenging languages?

And in a way that creates more energy instead of making you feel burned out all the time?

In this post, I’ll share with you exactly how you can make that happen.

But first, please understand this:

My Memory Techniques For Students Started With A HUGE Dream

Let me ask you something:

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? 

An astronaut, firefighter, veterinarian, princess, or cowboy?  

Perhaps it was something more … heroic. 


Well, long before I wanted to be an author and a professor…

wanted to be Batman. 

Batman mnemonic example for the Magnetic Memory Method Mastermind

Yes, the caped crusader and defender of Gotham himself, Batman.

Of course, I eventually grew up.

As we grow older, our ambitions change and we tend to choose professions that are more practical.

Or we select careers that will make us financially secure, which is usually not the same thing as following  those childhood dreams. 

But because I learned how to integrate memory techniques into my every day life through proper practice with them, I actually did follow my childhood dream and grew up to be something like a “Mnemonic Batman.”

Why The Right Memory Techniques Will Make You A Real Life Superhero

Wait a minute!

How is that possible?  

After all, I’m certainly not the billionaire playboy, Bruce Wayne.

But that doesn’t matter.

You see, the thing that makes Batman, Batman is not superhuman strength, intelligence, or any number the of supernatural powers possessed by our favorite comic book heroes.

It’s practice.

And for anyone who knows the full Batman story, anyone who practices the right things can wear the Batman mask for a few simple reasons:

1) Batman is a trained scientist who practices science

2) Batman creates the tools he needs to get the job done (and practices creating them)

3) Batman trains with the tools needed to get the job done (including training his body, which is also a key part of memory improvement along with eating foods that improve memory)

Other than that, Batman is just a normal guy with a utility belt loaded with knowledge and tools earned through practice.

The Most Important Memory Improvement Tool Of All

I’ve equipped my tool belt over the years with many memory techniques. 

But at the end the day, the most important tool of all is discipline

Is discipline itself a memory technique? 

Yes. When you train yourself to remember to practice, your ability to implement becomes stronger. 

Your ability to experiment (like a Batman-level scientist) with new memory techniques also becomes stronger. You learn to have courage through disciplined practice.

And you understand that all memory training you undertake is worth the time you risk because memory practice causes you to stretch and grow.

The best part is that you already possess two things:

1) A vast ability to develop the discipline of practice with memory techniques

2) A massive depository of mental imagery in your episodic memory to practice with

But at this point, you may be wondering…

What Are The Right Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Topics And Complex Languages?

The answer is…

It depends.

We’ll talk more about the options, in this post, but for now, here’s a roundup of the best:

The Memory Palace is foundational across the board. You need to know this technique because every other technique can be used inside of a Memory Palace.

Some people call this technique the Method of Loci, but I think that term is flawed. To learn more about why, check this out:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

The important thing to understand with the Memory Palace is that they work best in a network. 

That’s what allows you to expand your spatial memory and get the most use from your Magnetic Bridging Figures.

You may also need the Major System (a.k.a the Major Method). 

But you might not need it right now, so it’s fine to save it for later. 

Next, you need Recall Rehearsal. This process is what lets you load the information you memorize into long term memory.

But These Three Major Memory Techniques Sound Like A Lot Of Effort!

Yes, and no.

Please don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.

If anything, you should consider overwhelming yourself on purpose, if only for a short while.


Dive in and practice what my friend Jonathan Levi calls “brute force learning.”

That means instead of trying to cover every last detail, you rush in and get the broadest possible overview as quickly as possible.

Only after that has been accomplished, do you zero in on the fine details.

Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes?

And only then can you discover what memory techniques are really all about without getting caught up in the Sherlock Holmes mythology that traps many students who wish they could use memory techniques as well as they want.

The point is:

You need to bring a sense of adventure and a sense of play.

That will make learning and practicing memory techniques easier and more fun.

To help you discover this sense of fun and adventure…

Think Back … (A Quick Memory and Brain Exercise)

Think back again to your childhood. Whether you begrudgingly took piano lessons, played Little League baseball, or had a starring role in the school play, the one key to your success was practice.

With practice you could play scales from memory, throw a faster pitch, or recite your lines flawlessly (while your peers still had their noses in their scripts).

If this idea worked for us as children, why have we abandoned it as adults?  Its importance is clearly evident, especially in the world of memory improvement. 

Take the professional musician. Practice is something that is a part of their everyday lives, especially “dedicated practice.”

Musical notation to illustrate a concept in practicing memory techniques

Musicians learn and repeatedly perform physical actions. The play the notes on written sheet music or their own composition with “specific sounds and visual patterns (musical notation) while receiving continuous multi-sensory feedback.”

It is believed this “association learning” or training of the neural network can lead to brain plasticity, actually changing the structure of the brain,

In short, with practice, the brain’s ability to modify itself (i.e. rewire its connections) over time is strengthened. 

You may ask “Why is that important? Why would my brain need to change if it is the control center of my body? Isn’t it kind of static?”

Your Brain Has An Extraordinary Knack For Learning Memory Techniques

It’s just practicing using them where most people fail.

Now, you might not feel that they are easy in the beginning, but your brain is actually perfectly suited to learn memory improvement tips and tricks.

And the only reason why people struggle in the beginning is because they haven’t used their memory muscles in quite this way before.

But once they get started, a very exciting fact kicks in that isn’t just for musicians:

Every Brain Has The Ability To Modify Itself Through Practice!

Not only during childhood (when the majority of formal learning takes place), but especially during adulthood, perhaps even most crucially in one’s senior years.

You know what that means, right?

It means you’re never too old to get started!

And your brain adapts so readily to training.

Think about it:

With everything from recovery from injury, alleviating chronic pain, to enabling easier use of prosthetic devices.

Your brain can even adapt to artificial hearing devices. Neuroplasticity is not to be taken for granted!

All your brain needs is care, cultivation, and training through extended practice.

Using Memory Techniques Is Creative Repetition, Not Rote Learning

When training your memory, practice is more than just repetition.

Most repetition is boring and painful, after all, and so it’s no wonder so many of us easily dismissed it in our everyday lives.

Anthony Metivier in shock from memory training with a system for memorizing playing cards

Yet, in the beginning, practicing by memorizing cards or setting up your first P.A.O. with something like Florian Dellé’s Major System may make you think:

“But isn’t this practice with the techniques just doing something over and over?”


Thoughts like that instantly take you back to those hours behind a piano, or reciting lines from your third grade play script until they were committed to memory when you would have rather been playing video games or splashing in a mud puddle after a good rainstorm.

But practicing with memory techniques is not like that at all, once you get used to them.

An Unusual Source of Inspiration For Practicing Memory Techniques For Your Studies

Right now, I’m studying a lot of Sanskrit for a large learning project about Advaita Vedanta.

In his book, Happiness Beyond Thought, author Gary Weber explores this idea of the importance of practice, serving as a practical guide to awakening.

Gary Weber might not be a memory expert, but he’s memorized a ton of Sanskrit and has some skills. Recently, I’ve been following suit by memorizing his selections from the Ribhu Gita:

Back to Happiness Beyond Thought and what it teaches us about practice:

Basically, the book is about bringing yourself to a state where you are no longer troubled by worry, concern, or thoughts that impeded your conscious state.

Even better:

You essentially escape the traps of the ego, of the self, and you experience this wonderful state of “happiness beyond thought.” I’ve certainly been having a good taste of it.

Now, “happiness is a complicated word.” I often think of eudaimonia which is ancient Greek for happiness, though it is said to be better translated by experts as meaning “flourishing.”

But then, you might be thinking … How can having a still mind be flourishing?

Especially when you’re filling it with Memory Palaces and Magnetic Imagery!

I know, I know. It does seem contradictory.

How Memory Practice Positively Changes The Structure Of Your Brain

But here’s the thing:

As we’ve just discussed, neuroplasticity shows that the brain can change.

And when you’re training to memorize information that is good for your brain, your brain cannot help but change in positive ways.

The more you practice, the more you create flow and a level of ease that can come only as a result of practice.

From this state you will develop a stillness. An inner peace.

But only if you show up and put in the work can the discipline of practice grow and fortify those neural pathways and strengthen existing connections in your brain.

Why Smart Phones Are Destroying Your Ability To Practice Memory Techniques

In this age of smartphone addiction where we essentially have a computer in our pocket, long division is a thing that seems straight out of the Stone Age.

Smartphone Addiction Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

But again, think back to when you were learning long division in elementary school.

Do you remember how frustrated you were with the first couple problems you tried? Your little pencil eraser probably got quite a workout!

But, with practice, how were those same problems by the end of the year? You could fly through them with ease, without a second thought. You developed those connections and were able to solve 936 divided by 2 almost automatically.

And if you had to learn it all over again, those rules of math are still true. You would just need to put the cell phone aside for long enough to learn how to make the calculations again either on paper or in your mind.

This is why I teach people about Digital Amnesia and the importance of “digital fasting.” If you don’t take time away from the devices to exercise your memory, you will lose the ability to use it altogether.

How To Choose Your Memory Improvement Habits Wisely

So how does one develop good practice habits to help us in memory practice? First, start small. Not to say you don’t want to “dream big,” but think about your goals. Really think about them.

You can have different kinds of goals.

You can have very big, huge, hairy, snarly, real over the top goals, where you must build a long-term path to achieve that goal, or smaller goals, for the more short term.

James Clear says in his book, Atomic Habits, “If you choose a habit that’s very small and it accumulates with a bunch of other small changes to form a larger system then you can end up with a very remarkable result, or an immensely powerful outcome.”

And so the practices that you will do need to have some focus on what it is you want to achieve

How To Make A Practice Plan For Using Memory Techniques In Your Studies


  1. Create a “Memory Journal.”
  2. Personalize your Memory Journal so that you feel more connected with it (draw on the cover, add stickers, etc.)
  3. Set a specific and measurable learning goal.
  4. Use this Memory Journal to gather together the floor plans  of your Memory Palace Network.
  5. Use the Memory Journal to describe your Magnetic Imagery and guide the encoding process.

Will any of this really help improve your memory for studying?

Yes! Even if this is a manual activity, it will actually speed up the process of learning how to practice.

Practice with what? The information you need to commit to memory!

But that’s not the whole story…

When you personalize your Memory Journal, it will not only have more meaning, but visually stand out from other books in your learning space.

If you’re already an intermediate or advanced memorizers you can squeeze small Memory Palace drawings into The Freedom Journal, which I highly recommend.

Practice The Right Kind Of Memorizing Based On Your Desired Outcome 

If it’s speed, if it’s length of retention, if it’s volume of information or if it’s a combination of all those things, then a combination of all those things for what, specifically?

Is it for memorizing playing cards? Is it for foreign language vocabulary? What is it for?

These questions really matter!

Next, build the practice routines that will help you achieve those outcomes and those goals.

More importantly, pick the right techniques that are going to get there.

Why Is The Memory Palace Always The Right Technique?

In a word, it’s because all memory techniques are spatial in nature.

To take just one example of a relatively week mnemonic technique:

If you are using acronyms, each letter exists in relation to the next (either to the left or right of the preceding letter).

And since all information is laid out in a linear and temporal order, you might as well start with the foundational technique. Master the Memory Palace, and then use all the other memory techniques inside of Memory Palaces to harness the power of sequentialization.

And to do this well, to tailor your practice with making information linear so you can memorize it, you must have a plan.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Atoine de Saint-Exupery

Whether you’re a culinary wizard or a novice baker who struggles to make box brownies for their child’s school bake sale fundraiser, one thing you know if you’ve ever been in a kitchen (and who can live on take-out alone these days, right?) is you must have a plan.

Think about it:

You cannot go into the kitchen to make beef bourguignon with only 30 minutes to get dinner on the table, and you wouldn’t dream of trying to craft the perfect macaron without eggs or sugar.

You must have a plan…or in the culinary world, a recipe to achieve your end result, and a good plan takes organization. Kind of like my wife and I had a plan when we made these memory-friendly pancakes:

This level of organization is what we teach in the Magnetic Memory Method, to organize your mind with a Memory Palace, so that when you sit down to memorize you can do it in an organized manner.

Remember the musicians we talked about earlier?

They wouldn’t simply sit down behind a music stand with a piece out of order and attempt to play it.

No, in order to practice effectively, to make the most of their time, they would make sure their sheet music was in the right order.

They would make sure they were warmed up properly, and their instrument was at its peak playability (i.e. they were in tune, all valves were clear, and they had a fresh reed or strings, given their instrument of choice).

Your Next Step With Memory Techniques For Studying Well

In a word, you need commitment.

There are more components to practice than simply setting a goal and getting organized. There is the greatest element of practice of all:

Your habits.

This is where the idea of improvement comes into play, and the idea of flow that we discussed up above.

In order to improve, to achieve that state of stillness, of awakening, and of peace as skillful individuals, we must show up and put in the work, consistently.

Yes, you must be committed to mastering your habit to see results. In that way our outcomes are linked to practice and our practice to our outcomes.

Again, the greatest thing we can do to achieve our goals is show up, and show up consistently.

For example, every morning before my wife wakes up I practice my memory training. Today my goal after working some Sanskrit into memory was to memorize a selection from a deck of cards.

As I mentioned the morning I recorded this live stream, I got through memorizing only four cards:

Granted, that’s a low number for me in my practice, but my time was limited.

Even so, l made the time to practice. I exercised the discipline needed to sharpen my skills, and you can do the same, even if it amounts to only minutes a day.

But I “Can’t…” The Ultimate Memory Training Excuse And How To Eliminate It

You may feel like you don’t have the time, the energy, or the willpower…

You might be frustrated because you feel like your memory work has stalled.

You may be comparing yourself to those that have achieved the goals you aspire to, or who simply seem to “get it” more easily.

Happiness Beyond Thought By Gary Weber Book Cover for blog post on memory training practice habits

Stop. Just stop and breathe. 

And then consider learning to mind map and explore how you can commit to practicing to improve your memory for large learning goals.

Finding commitment is important because the most empowering key to Gary Weber’s idea of practice is finding resources inside yourself.

Weber writes:

“Insisting that you follow precisely the path that worked for your teacher is guaranteed to be inadequate in some way. Any student, no matter how diligent and well-prepared, is going to be different from the teacher in conditioning, experience, age, genetics, family history, bodily and mental capability, etc. How could something as complex and comprehensive as awakening not be a personally tailored process?”

That’s a solid point, and it’s why I’ve always talked about the Magnetic Memory Method as a “method,” not a system, because I already know this truth:

You cannot simply adopt someone else’s system. Rather, you need to create your own, because everyone’s needs are different. My goals are not your goals. My learning style is not your style.

Notice also the word “precisely” in this quote from Gary Weber.

Weber doesn’t mean that you don’t follow the path of your teacher at all.

Instead, you must avoid the fantasy, the hoping, wishing, and praying, that anything will play out exactly as it did for your teacher.

To try and recreate anything “precisely” is the trap of expectation. And expectation always leads to suffering.

But rest assured that you really can follow in the footsteps of teachers.

Gary Weber talks about how he has done this himself and there’s truth to that old phrase about standing on the shoulders of giants, which is even older than Isaac Newton. In many cases, it’s the only way we get to see beyond ourselves.

And using the teachings of Giordano Bruno and many others as my own guide, please use the Magnetic Memory Method as it was intended to be.

It is a technique, a tool in your utility belt, a method of practice to reach your memory goals. And as someone who used them to earn my Ph.D., I crafted the approach I now share with thousands of people around the world with studying in mind.

With practice, you can achieve any learning goal. Along the way, you can also achieve the inner stillness that comes with mastery or your mind and memory.

It just takes practice, discipline and the right teacher.

Get all that together and you too can be a “Mnemonic Batman.”

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Reach Any Memory Improvement Goal With These Atomic Habits From James Clear Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:48:39 +0000 2 <p>James Clear shares with us the Atomic Habits you can use for memory improvement, your Memory Palace Network and any goal in life that you wish.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Reach Any Memory Improvement Goal With These Atomic Habits From James Clear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> James Clear author of Atomic Habits portraitDo you struggle to reach your memory improvement goals? If so, you probably need “atomic habits.”

To help you have the best possible habits, in this episode of Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you will hear from habit expert James Clear.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

– James Clear


Who Is James Clear And What Are Atomic Habits?


James Clear is an author, entrepreneur, travel photographer and founder of The Habits Academy.

In this episode, James shares interesting topics and science-based ideas for living a better life, creating small habits and improving them.

James gives us a picture of how one can master and start a good habit. He also demonstrates just how much impact good habit formation is to achieving your goals.

If you are a person who fizzles through your to-do lists or suffers Digital Amnesia to the point that you can’t remember what you wanted to do at all, this episode with James Clear will definitely help and encourage you. James makes the habit formation process easy from the get-go and easy to maintain.

Learn more and discover how you can put these habits into action with consistency and improvement.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How James started with Atomic Habits
  • What “Atomic Habits” means and how it can change your perspective of putting habits into action.
  • How you can create the best environment to make success easier
  • The importance of consistency and being organized.
  • The meaning of “system building” as a way to approach life improvement.
  • The wisdom of putting ideas into action.
  • How to handle criticisms in life.
  • How one can establish a habit and improve it over time.
  • Practical strategies for building habits.
  • The importance of mastering a habit and how you can dramatically save time in the process.
  • How building habits can impact decision making and your ability to continuously improve.

James Clear Resources

James Clear’s website

James Clear’s Habits Academy

Atomic Habits by James Clear on Amazon

James Clear on Entrepreneur’s website

My Favorite James Clear Post Of All Time:

The Difference Between Professionals and Amateurs

Related Episodes:

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits

Joanna Jast On How To Hack Your Habits

Mind Map Mastery

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Optimizing Evernote And Other Productivity Software For Better Memory Tue, 09 Oct 2018 02:07:37 +0000 2 <p>Evernote and other productivity software programs can help your memory by freeing up your time and energy. Learn how to optimize Evernote for better memory.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Optimizing Evernote And Other Productivity Software For Better Memory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Evernote for better memory Magnetic Memory Method Blog Feature ImageEvernote for better memory?

I was skeptical too.

Until I met Charles Byrd.

As a 15 year Silicon Valley veteran with an extensive background in technology and software, Charles needed Evernote to work better. His success demanded it.

But although Charles has some great things to teach us about optimizing Evernote for better memory, he’s also part of the larger memory improvement community. Just wait until you hear how he still uses lesson from Dominic O’Brien he learned a long time ago.

As a public speaker, trainer, and life long learner, Charles has combined his understanding of mnemonics with technology and productivity and become a recognized expert in the field.

He is also the founder of the company Byrd Word, LLC – specializing in productivity training, marketing, and technology to expand his reach.  He specializes in the tools and workflows that will organize your team, reduce your anxiety, and x2 your business, school progress and personal improvement journey.

Charles Byrd Evernote Expert on Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to discuss software for productivity and better memory Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

To learn more about how Charles can help you use Evernote in ways that improve your memory and productivity, I recommend his Kill the Chaos presentation.


Evernote For Memory Vs. Mind Mapping

After recording the interview with Charles, one of the first questions I had was how technologies like Evernote compare with Mind Mapping.

As you know, Mind Map Mastery is a worthy skill every lifelong learner should develop.

After you listen to this interview, I think you’ll have ideas on exactly how you can apply Charles’ core process to your mind map strategy.

Although how you would apply these techniques differ in time, what I love about the information Charles shares in this interview is that you can apply the “decision parameters” to all kinds of media.

Indeed, I am thinking about ways to combine mind maps with Memory Palaces and Evernote in one fell swoop as we speak.

Anthony Metivier with The Freedom Journal for memory improvement and language learning

This also includes how you use The Freedom Journal and other note-taking devices and approaches for organizing life in our current ocean of information overwhelm.

The simple process even applies to your memory training practice with Memory Palaces.

In many ways, I’ve been applying a similar process for years, but Charles has streamlined everything into a kind of ars combinatoria that any mnemonist can quickly link to their hand for use with any information you encounter in life.

Wouldn’t Evernote Cause More Digital Amnesia?

It’s a great question.

Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesiaThe answer is…

It depends.

Digital Amnesia is a real issue, one that all mature learners in the 21st century face.

But as Charles demonstrates beyond all doubt, it’s more about our habits around technology than anything else.

In other words, we need to avoid the traps of technological determinism. We cannot blame the technology for how we behave. But we can use the technology to help ensure we operate in better ways.

Can Evernote Provide Brain Exercise?

Although we didn’t talk about this question on the interview, I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

When thinking about brain exercise apps, memory experts are divided.

As a question of application, I think this software certainly can be used for brain exercise.

As a quick example, imagine using Evernote to capture all of the 00-99 images you create based on the Major Method for your PAO.

Likewise, you could enter a number of mnemonic examples of Magnetic Imagery you’ve drawn and placed in a Magnetic Memory Palace for review in Evernote:

Drawing of Magnetic Imagery mnemonic example for helping to memorize information

Then, simply schedule in a review period that exposes you to your drawings without revealing the answers. This is a fantastic way to keep learning and give your brain an extra workout throughout the day.

This process also provides a simple and direct way for you to challenge your brain without feeding it the information, all within a simple app.

The trick is in making sure you have some “desirable difficulty” as part of the process so that you’re challenged. Sans Forgetica has been working in this area recently around reading, and using obstacles to move your memory forward is what personally applied Memory Palace science is ultimately all about.

But if you’re looking for the best memory improvement exercises, just make sure that you match the desired outcome with the processes and the information that will get you there.

Further Memory Improvement Software Discussion & Resources

There are many other learning opportunities related to technology and memory on the Magnetic Memory Method site.

For language learning:

The Fluent Forever App

How to Consistently Get Quick Victories With Language Learning Courses

Learn Languages Online With Skill Silo And These 9 Fluency Tips

For General Technology and Human Memory Discussion:

7 Reasons Having A Memory Implant Would Really Suck

MyQuest For Your Memory Improvement

Why I Only Read Physical Books Instead of Digital Ebooks

In all cases, the danger I see above all in discussions like these is the human element. Whether its “organic” memory techniques like the Memory Palace or a software, we always risk too much self-involvement with the information.

So after listening to this podcast with Charles Byrd, I encourage you to think about how all of these strategies apply to you getting more out of your human relationships.

To that end:

I’d love to hear your thoughts and more about your memory improvement journey in the comments below.

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How To Train Your Memory By Phil Chambers [Memory Improvement Book Review] Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:46:01 +0000 6 <p>When it comes to memory training, Phil Chambers is one of the best on the planet. How to Train Your Memory gives you real world and memory competition examples that will help you improve your memory quickly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Train Your Memory By Phil Chambers [Memory Improvement Book Review]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Train Your Memory Feature Blog Post Image Magnetic Memory MethodIf you want to know how to train your memory, the journey to greatness begins with recognizing something odd about that brain between your ears:

You sometimes forget enormous things!

That’s how Phil Chambers begins his fantastic book, How to Train Your Memory

When you start your memory improvement journey by acknowledging just how easy it is to forget where you parked your car, you start from practical realities we all face

After all, vehicles are the biggest things we own apart from our homes. 

Yet, the location of a car can still easily disappear from memory!

Acknowledging this fact gives us a sense of just how strange and mysterious an entity you’re dealing with. 

Of course, there’s something even bigger than cars and houses we forget that How To Train Your Memory helped me recognize, but we’ll get to that in just a bit.

How To Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers Magnetic Memory Method Memory Improvement Book Review

First, let’s talk about:

Why You Should Learn How To Improve
Memory Recall From Memory Expert Phil Chambers

It’s a good question, and a delight to answer. 

First off, Phil’s a great writer. When learning how to improve memory and concentration, clarity matters. 

Second, Phil’s got street cred. 

More than being a leading memory expert, he’s the Chief Arbiter of the World Memory Championships. We talked a few years ago about what this role involves in the interview called Phil Chambers and the Outer Limits of Memory. 

Phil is also one of the few memory trainers who has thought deeply about combining Memory Palaces with Mind Maps. He is a World Mind Mapping Champion, after all, and author of the incredible guide, 101 Top Tips For Better Mind Maps

And if that wasn’t enough, get this:

Phil has taught memory improvement and mind mapping alongside Tony Buzan himself for many years. In fact, I made it a point to attend a live Thinkbuzan training and learned more than I ever would have dreamed possible.

Having them both in the same room is a blessing you won’t want to miss! 

Why Memory Training Is The Best Way To Improve Memory And Concentration

I remember taking courses with the filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Peter Greenaway while studying at the European Graduate School. 

Both of them have encyclopedia knowledge of Film History. 

But because I know how to convert semantic memory into episodic memory, I listened to those lectures differently than my fellow students. 

Sure, I took notes using my approach to note taking

But using the same tools Phil talks about in How to Train Your Memory, I remembered tons of names and details simply because I was actively connecting imagery with the information as the professors spoke. 

And I was able to do so even though I was star struck to be in the same seminar rooms with these legends of cinema. 

Kind of like how I was star struck to be in a room with Phill and Tony!

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers at a ThinkBuzan memory improvement and brain exercise event

In other words, using memory techniques help you zone in on details by using association that pushes away distractions. 

Phil explains why and how association works. He also gives additional tips and examples that will help you. One skill in particular that you’ll get better at after reading this book is the one that matters the most:

The ability to convert abstract information into concrete images better and faster. 

How does Phil’s book help you develop this skill? 

Each chapter gives you exercises to complete.

And you really should complete them. 

In fact, getting a physical copy of How To Train Your Memory will help make sure you complete the exercises. I talk about why I’ve been reading only from physical books for memory training here:

(Oh, and physical books make it easier to use the Major System to memorize page numbers so you can easily find good passages you want read again.)

When Acronyms For Learning Help Your Memory Excel &
When They Lead To Failure

One of my favorite parts of How to Train Your Memory is when Phil Chambers lays out the pros and cons on using acronyms for memory training. 

Basically, it comes down to calculating the margin for error. 

The same thing goes for using rhyming as a memory technique. Sure, it can work, but when using mnemonic devices, too many things can go wrong. 


It comes back to the science of memory: 

If you don’t convert semantic information into episodic memory through the use of mental imagery, you will find it harder to reproduce. 

But there is one acronym that Phil gives us that demonstrates when this technique is super powerful, and I’d like to demonstrate how and why. 

Image to Illustrate the mnemonic Seahorse in How to Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers

The acronym is SEAHORSE.

You’ll need to read the book to learn the memory training lessons packed into that single word, but when you get it right, you’ll have the keys to the memory improvement kingdom permanently locked into your mind. 

The reason why this acronym works so well is that: 

1. The mnemonic acronym SEAHORSE creates an image. You can picture the creature in your mind.

2. SEAHORSE creates an image that looks like a part of the brain that plays a huge role in memory. 

This is the hippocampus, which is names in Greek after its resemblance to the animal. (Hippo = horse and kampos = sea monster).

3. You can connect the SEAHORSE acronym to the author himself when you realize that the name Phillip (i.e. Phil Chambers) relates to the word hippocampus. 

How To Use A Mnemonic Acronym In A Memory Palace

As I’ve already shared, I’ve met Phil Chambers in a room. In fact, Phil and our group turned that room and its surrounding area into a Memory Palace. 

Now I can use it again and see where Phil sat in the room. I can place the image of a Seahorse over his head to remember the acronym. 

I can also place as a hippopotamus with a horse’s mane over his left shoulder and a camping tent over his right shoulder.

These images remind me of the Greek word origin of hippocampus. I am encoding both the sound and meanings of these words by converting facts into images. 

These images automatically receive episodic memory characteristics.

This “transfer” happens because:

  • There is a story behind why I was in that room.
  • The stories I know about Phil
  • The “image-story” of why a hippo would have a horse’s mane in the first place (it’s because the seahorse in his brain is driving him insane…)

Anthony Metivier with Phil Chambers, World Mind Map Champion

This image-story takes just a few seconds to generate.

And yes, my brain is aided by the fact that I’ve met Phil and I’m drawing upon neurochemical changes.

This is why you should focus on drawing from your own experiences too. It’s related to the multi-sensory memory experiences fellow memory expert Nelson Dellis talks about in Remember It!

Then, by charting out 8 Magnetic Stations throughout the room, I can then layer on some Magnetic Imagery for the parts of the acronym itself. 

For example, the first word of SEAHORSE is “Senses.” In the corner of the seminar room, I can see Superman. He is tasting his hearing aid while blind and suffering from a belly ache. 

Why? Because a blind Superman tasting a hearing aid while in pain reminds me of most of the senses. I can even change his name to Super-Sense-Man to tap into the cognitive mode of the mind and memory and seal the deal. 

All that needs to happen next is to move to the next station and create a memorable image for the acronym word that starts with “E.” 

The Fullest History Of The Major System In The World

I’m a huge fan of the Major System and use it every day in the memory training I use based on memory training techniques from around the world. Even if it feels invisible, the Major (or Major Method) is actually behind the 00-99 I use for phone numbers, playing cards, birthdates and everything based on digits. 

I learned a lot from reading Phil’s take on both the history of the Major and how he mixes it with the number-shape technique. 

Why is the history of our tradition so important? 


Knowing the story of the memory tools you use gives you even more mental connections and imagery! 

In terms of the actual technique, Phil points out something that I try to make sure everyone understands: 

The techniques you use for competition are not necessarily the same as the ones you would use in every day life or for large learning projects. 

Before I continue, let’s review the Major Method. There are some variations and different approaches to the Major System, but this arrangement is quite common:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Now, for many people learning how to memorize numbers, this approach will be more than enough for daily life. Except…

How do you deal with 3 digit numbers without creating a 000-999? 

Phil demonstrates exactly how to do it in ways that I do all the time. For example, 358 would be the mail man based on the Major and a snowman based on the number-shape technique. 

For me, 35 is the mail man Mr. McFeely from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. So I just see him shoving envelopes into Frosty the Snowman.


However, here’s the problem: 

In a competition setting, the context might tempt you to mix and match the Major with the number-shape technique and impoverish your results. 

And that’s exactly what happened to me when Phil gave us a number memory test. I was half-using the Major and half-using the number-shape approach. 

In real life, when you have time to review your images and re-shape them when needed, no big deal. But when the heat is on during a competition, there simply isn’t time. You are working at the level of practical strategy. 

Both involve what Phil describes as “creative innovation.”

But in the case of competition, you need your mnemonic systems set up and well-practiced in advance for competition purposes. Learning life is usually – though not always – more forgiving. 

Mind Maps For Memory Training & Memory Improvement?

One of my favorite parts of How to Train Your Memory involves the limitations mind mapping has for memory improvement. 

Phil explains the ins-and-outs clearly and continues giving incredible tips.

And the best part is this:

The book includes a number of his own mind maps that explain the memory techniques taught in the book. It’s also a great supplement to Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery.

In sum, Phil gives you a decision matrix for knowing when to use mind maps for memory and when to go to more dedicated techniques and strategies. 

More and more, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned from him about mind mapping and often impose a “mnemonic clock” on the page built from the Major so that each position has a ready made image. 

For example, 12 is Tin Tin, 13 (one-o-clock) is J. Edgar Hoover vacuuming the Hoover Damn with a Hoover vacuum, etc. 

Although this approach is a bit rigid, as Tony Buzan said while I trained with this Dynamic Duo of memory improvement, “The Rules Will Set You Free.”

And as Phil makes clear, the context in which you choose the rules you will follow matters the most above all. 

Why You Need To Read How To Train Your Memory

Memory training is a bit of an odd world. 

On the one hand, there are many books you can read and be set for life. You just need to keep using the techniques you’ve learned.

On the other hand, there’s always more to learn and top performers in every field constantly revisit old ideas and scour the world for new angles. 

Plus, we simply don’t know what we don’t know. 

That’s why I’ve was delighted to re-experience some familiar concepts through a new lens in How To Train Your Memory and learn things I didn’t know before. 

I highly recommend you do the same. 

Oh, and about that issue with people forgetting things bigger than their car or their house. 

It’s this: 

People forget to pursue their passions. 

That’s even stranger than forgetting where you parked. 

And if your passion involves the need for better memory (how could it not?), make sure you read How To Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers.

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Nelson Dellis On Remember It! And Visual Memory Techniques Thu, 27 Sep 2018 05:10:37 +0000 4 <p>Looking for visual memory techniques? And I mean truly visual. In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Nelson Dellis takes us behind the scenes of his new book, Remember It! No kidding: It is the most visual memory improvement book I have ever seen. Even better, Nelson shares his unique way of using …</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Nelson Dellis On Remember It! And Visual Memory Techniques</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Nelson Dellis Featured Image For Remember It Interview Magnetic Memory MethodLooking for visual memory techniques?

And I mean truly visual.

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Nelson Dellis takes us behind the scenes of his new book, Remember It!

No kidding:

It is the most visual memory improvement book I have ever seen.

Even better, Nelson shares his unique way of using the Memory Palace technique to get the best results for both competition and learning.

All on an incredibly visual basis unlike anything we’ve seen since Bruno’s On the Shadows of the Ideas (and then some).

I really appreciate the visual memory techniques in Nelson’s new book for the way it will help so many people who get lost in the technical details involved in memory techniques.

No one is to blame for that. It does have it’s “cerebral” aspects and we’ve needed people who can teach that.

But never before has someone both exposed the need for visual training we all need and taken so much care and attention into making mnemonic examples truly visual.

Seriously, Remember It! is almost like a visual mnemonics dictionary.

But you might be asking yourself…

Who is This Nelson Dellis Anyway?
Some Kind Of Memory Champion?  


As a matter of fact, yes.

And he’s got some of the best memory improvement tips in town. Here’s a quick summary of some of the best:

Nelson Dellis Magnetic Memory Method Infographic

You see? Nelson’s even inspired me to up my game and get more visual too. Hence this infographic summary. Thanks Nelson!

More Reasons I Find Nelson Dellis Inspiring And Influential
For The Life-Long Study Of Mnemonics

Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion, Memory Athlete, Memory Consultant, Published Author and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker.

Nelson is also the Founder & CEO of Climb For Memory, a non-profit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research. He does this through mountain climbs all around the world.

Nelson approaches memory techniques scientifically and as part of living a good and healthy life.

If you’d like to learn more of the memory techniques Nelson has crafted for himself and how imagination can play a big role in your memory improvement, download this podcast now.

No. Wait. First do this:

Order a copy of Nelson’s new book, Remember It!

Oh okay… still not convinced?

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • Exactly what inspired Nelson to write down his approach to championship-level memory techniques
  • How the visual memory techniques illustrated in Remember It can help you better understand memory techniques
  • How to make use of all your senses for memory improvement
  • The importance of establishing and keeping trust in your memory
  • How physical objects can help your memory
  • Different ways of managing Memory Palaces and making sure they are truly visual
  • The true meaning of “Multiple Memory Palaces” and why you must create a number of them (never rely on just one)
  • How to use the “Body Peg List” in an interesting way
  • How the alphabet can help in remembering
  • Tips on quick memorization for when you just have to Remember It!

If you want to see Remember It and just how visual it is, check out this video:


3 Reasons Nelson’s Visual Memory Techniques Are The Best So Far

Let’s face it:

1. There are thousands of books and programs on memory improvement.

But never before has anyone gone to any great length to make their mnemonic examples leap from the page.

Nelson does.

And this is very powerful because you sense through your eyes what needs to be happening in your mind.

2. Even if you have aphantasia, Nelson’s book will help.

This is because Nelson makes it clear that memory techniques are always visual for all people, and all people are visual. Yes, no matter what.

But he also makes it clear that you need to make your approach multi-sensory.

And he gives you great ways to dive in and experience memory techniques. The visual prompts make it difficult not to want to give them a try.

3. Nelson is aware of the real value of memorization techniques.

It’s not just about winning prizes, learning languages or conquering your exams at school.

It’s about conquering life itself.

And to do that, you’ve got to bring the body and the mind together.


Should You Buy Remember It?

In a word, “yes!”

Remember It will become your go-to book for ideas, inspiration, guidance and strategic know-how.

You’ll discover the best mix of scientifically proven visual memory techniques with practical application in both memory competition and in life.

Grab it from your favorite local or online bookseller now and then reach out and let Nelson know loud and clear that you appreciate with a review on Amazon and a follow across his presence on the web.

Well… What are you waiting for!?!

Get started with these resources now! 🙂

For More On Nelson Dellis:

Nelson Dellis’s website

Remember It on Amazon

Climb for Memory

Nelson Dellis on Twitter

Nelson Dellis on LinkedIn

Nelson Dellis on Facebook

Nelson Dellis on YouTube

Related Episodes on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast:

The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers

5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice

System For Remembering Cards? 13 Reasons You Should Have One

Remember Names At Events: Quick Start Guide To Memorizing Names

Extreme Memory Improvement With Memory Champion Nelson Dellis

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Teach Yourself Using The Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:14:22 +0000 2 <p>Olly Richards shares the background to his Teach Yourself language learning short story series of books.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Teach Yourself Using The Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Olly Richards Teach Yourself Author Portrait Best Language Learning BooksLooking to teach yourself a foreign language and need the best language learning books? Let me introduce you to my friend Olly Richards.

Well, they’re aren’t necessarily.

Unless they’re built by someone who deeply understands the needs of language learners.

Enter Olly:

He’s the man behind the new Teach Yourself Short Stories For Beginners series.

He’s also the man behind the hit blog and podcast, I Will Teach You A Language.

But still I hear you asking…

Why are his short story books the best language learning books?

Well, here’s just one reason that Olly mentions in this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast:

A book that is on your lap, and is exciting and contains lots of stories that make you want to read, is a an unbeatable source of continuous learning in the language.”

How does a book make you want to read?

That is exactly what you’re about to find out.

Even better:

In this episode, Olly Richards gives us interesting tips and techniques about language learning through his great new Short Stories for Beginners language learning books.

Discover The Best Language Learning Books
From A Master Polyglot And Learning Expert

Olly Richards is the founder of I Will Teach You A Language and speaks 8 languages. He started learning his first foreign language at age 19 when he bought a one-way ticket to Paris.


Olly Richards Teach Yourself Best Language Learning Books
And now you can discover the keys to quickly and easily learn any language with Olly by selecting the most effective language learning books.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • Simple techniques to learn new languages quickly
  • The power of story in language learning and how to choose the best language learning books
  • The important skills your need for learning any language fast
  • How to develop reading skills in the language
    Short Stories Teach Yourself Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards
  • How to get confidence in speaking a language
  • How to learn a foreign language by growing your vocabulary in a simple way
  • Techniques for improving your comprehension (remember, bilingualism is good for brain exercise and brain health)
  • Simple short stories for beginner level learners
  • How to find fun resources for learning new languages
  • Tips to keep you motivated in learning the language
  • Great for those studying to conference interpreters

It was also a great honor to be invited to read from Short Stories in German during Olly’s Festival of Reading:

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to speak in German, but it seems like my memory for this beautiful language is holding up. So grateful to have some cool stories to read auf Deutsch – thanks Olly!

To be one of the first to get Olly’s new series of books, claim up to $777 in language learning courses now.

Further Resources For Language Learners:

About Olly Richards

Olly Richards on Amazon

Olly Richards on YouTube

Follow Olly on Twitter

Related Language Learning Episodes:

Olly Richards Talks About Language Tech And Real Communication

Stoic Memory Improvement Secrets For Language Learners

The Freedom Journal For Language Learning

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Mind Map Mastery: 10 Tony Buzan Mind Mapping Laws You Should Follow Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:40:08 +0000 8 <p>Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Mind Map Mastery: 10 Tony Buzan Mind Mapping Laws You Should Follow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Tony Buzan Mind Map Mastery Book ReviewA lot of people search the Internet for Mind Map software. And that’s great… provided they’re getting it from Tony Buzan. Most especially when you’ve read his book, Mind Map Mastery.

Why read this book?

First of all:

No one else alive has thought so thoroughly through this incredible technique for externalizing the brain and interacting with it.

Even better, no one else has shown so thoroughly how:

  • A proper Mind Map boosts creativity.
  • How Mind Mapping as a practice improves memory.
  • How the process of mind mapping sets you mentally free (more on that in a bit).  

It gets better too because…

No one has given more Mind Mapping examples than Tony Buzan.

And in Mind Map Mastery, Tony Buzan provides exactly what the subtitle of this book promises:

The Complete Guide To Learning And Using
The Most Powerful Thinking Tool In The Universe!

In this extensive book review, you’re about to discover:

* Why Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery delivers on this promise

* Why making your thoughts visible eliminates mental exhaustion

* Why colors create mental focus and energy

* How simple limits create an infinity of ideas

* How a proper Mind Map can serve as a Memory Palace

* Bonus: How to fuse a Tony Buzan Mind Map with the Major System!

If all that sounds good to you, please read every word on this page. I promise I will earn your agreement that Mind Map Mastery by Tony Buzan is the most important book in the world!

The Future Of Mind Mapping Begins With The Past

Tony Buzan begins Mind Map Mastery with a short history.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, “history” is the right word.

Buzan has been teaching the skills of mind mapping for quite some time. Just check out this video from 1974:

This video is from the same year Use Your Head appeared. This is what one of its many book covers looked like:

Tony Buzan Book Cover of Use Your Head Early Mind Map Teaching Magnetic Memory Method Blog

As he explains in the latest book we’re discussing today (released 44 years later!), the Mind Map emerged from an understanding of the brain as a spatial arrangement of neurons.

But That Realization Didn’t Happen Overnight!

And Buzan drew upon other influences to arrive at this powerful conclusion. For example:

Buzan’s understanding of the method of loci was integrated into mind mapping.

Buzan also encountered the Major System from day one of university.

(The Major is also spatial in many ways. More on that with these 3 Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers.)

With the method of loci that underlies the Memory Palace technique and the Major, Tony Buzan brought the first Mind Map to life.

Yet… there was a problem!

How Tony Buzan Solved Problems With The Early Mind Map

As Buzan reflects, his first Mind Maps had problems.

In his words, they were “monochromatic, monotone and monotonous.”

Worse… he struggled to answer this question:

Is Mind Mapping Note-Taking?

In short, no. Far from it.

In essence, Buzan had revolutionized note-taking.

But for Buzan, this was not good enough. So Tony Buzan did what all great innovators do:

He showed the technique to others, particularly learners left behind by the system.

Next, Buzan observed how these learned used his early mind maps to improve their lives.

Finally,  Buzan took his observations back to the Mind Mapping process so he could improve the technique.

How Tony Buzan Mind Maps Mimic The Organic
Brain Better Than Any Software

As we know from many great geniuses, solvitur ambulando.

That phrase means, “it is solved by walking.” Here’s how I memorized that term:

And solve the problems with mind mapping by walking is exactly what Tony Buzan did:

To help himself understand more about why his early Mind Maps were helping people, he walked in nature.

As a result, thoughts about how to better “mirror” the cellular nature of the brain on paper emerged.

Radiant Thinking

Observing the Mind Maps combined with walking and reflecting led to revelations about “Radiant Thinking.”

By giving people a means of connecting thoughts on paper like the brain connects ideas through cells, Mind Mapping broke free from note-taking.

Like the brain when it is operating at its full power, “Radiant Thinking” through Mind Mapping is:

  • Multi-faceted
  • Colorful
  • Associative
  • Multidimensional
  • Verbal and Pictorial
  • Imaginative and Analytical

Isn’t that exciting! Imagine being able to think in these ways all at the same time without the costs of multi-tasking!

The good news is this:

You can!

Tony Buzan Use Your Head Secrets Mixed With The Laws Of Mind Mapping

For all of these accomplishments, there was still a problem…

No matter how clear the instructions…

Some people are teaching Mind Mapping without understanding the method.

Instead of following the Laws of Mind Mapping, they are calling other techniques like these mind maps:

  • Spider Diagrams
  • Pyramid Diagrams
  • Concept Maps
  • Fishbone Diagrams
  • Sunburst Charts

To be clear:

None Of These Techniques Count As Mind Maps!

Look, there’s nothing wrong with using such visualizations, but to call them Mind Maps can never mirror the human brain cell.

Think about it:

What does a spider have to do with mind mapping? With human thought? With human memory?

Spiders are fantastic, but if we know one thing about human memory and learning going back to Ad Herrenium, it’s that metaphors matter.

For that, I’m glad Tony Buzan wrote Mind Map Mastery to help correct the record.

He reminds us of the Laws of Mind Mapping. He refocuses our attention on why they mirror the neuron, the central location of thought.

The Natural Reason Why Mind Maps Must Have A Central Image

Like a brain cell, a Mind Map must have a center. Without a central image, your Mind Map has no focus.

Without color, the Mind Map lacks power. Imagine going on a walk through nature in black and white.

A Fishbone Diagram built from straight-lines has nothing to do with the curves of human thought.

Concept Maps are usually overloaded with words (I am often guilty of this). As a result, they quickly become unwieldy, awkward and collapse.

Without care for balance and distribution, a Pyramid Diagram places your focus on concentrated areas. These do not help your brain create new solutions or remember more.

Would You Like An Abundance Of Mind Mapping Examples?

Tony Buzan demonstrates the validity of his claims with nearly two dozen examples.

The images in Mind Map Mastery are just as they should be:

  • Clear
  • Balanced
  • Colorful
  • Keyword focused
  • Evocative
  • Understandable at a glance
  • Compelling
  • Easy to emulate as you create your own

How Mind Map Mastery Helped Me Improve My Practice

To be honest, I’m like a lot of learners.

I get a few tips and put them haphazardly into play.

This is NOT a problem.

If anything, it is a blessing.

But no serious, mature learner can stop there.

You’ve got to return to the well of knowledge and refine your practice.

Here’s a Mind Map example from 2015 shortly after I met Tony Buzan at a ThinkBuzan training.

Anthony Metivier Mind Map For A Book Without Tony Buzan Mind Map Mastery Tips

Then I recorded a chat with Phil Chambers about how to combine Mind Maps with Memory Palaces.

So, what’s the problem here?

After all, I used this Mind Map to:

* Write a book

* Turn the book into a video course

* Launch the course successfully with Jonathan Levi.

(This Mind Map is the first brainstorm of what became Conquering Content in Branding You Academy.)

Yet, for all that success, there are quite a few problems.

The Whole Mind Map Is Overloaded (For One Thing)

Yes, there are colors, but…

I had attended the ThinkBuzan training to learn about memory.

We did a bit of Mind Mapping, but I was so focused on the memory aspect (and not embarrassing myself) that not all the lessons got through.

And I’m just one of those learners who need to go back to the well and refine my practice through repeat exposure. For this reason, I still reread one book per month.

But… I had yet to go back to THE ultimate book on mind mapping I’d read as a kid. This lapse happened mainly because I was revisiting Buzan’s books on memory.

And I hadn’t quite learned enough Chinese to read him in Mandarin, even if he was suddenly following me everywhere!

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan Books on Mind Mapping In Beijing

My lack of attention to the Laws of Mind Mapping was tragic. It meant that I wasn’t getting nearly the results that I could have been.

So even though my mind mapping was successful, it was still dampened.

Then came the incredible announcement of Mind Map Mastery. I ordered it immediately.

The wait inspired me to revisit Mind Mapping in earnest.

Perhaps pretentiously, I released this video:

But what I’m talking about wasn’t advanced at all!

Though there is one virtue evident in every word I speak in the video.

Here’s why:

I was advancing my skills and practice by taking it one S.I.P. at a time (study, implement, practice).

Then, when Mind Map Mastery finally arrived, I started reading it.

I applied what it said, and before you know it, my Mind Maps improved!

Here’s a Mind Map example from one of the best YouTube Livestreams I’ve ever held:

Anthony Metivier with a Much Improved Tony Buzan Style Mind Map

(If you want to watch this replay and join future live streams, here’s the memory improvement books ultimate list hangout replay for you. Click subscribe and choose to be notified so you can join us next time we go live.)

What Made This Mind Map Better Than Any I’d Created Before?

The answer is simple. I just followed…

How to Mind Map Using The 10 Laws Of Mind Mapping

One: Blank paper in the landscape orientation.

Why is blank paper so important?

I believe it’s because the chemical makeup of the brain is more closely related to paper than, say, computer.

Also, the inner landscape of the mind is unlined. If you use lined paper, you are placing a barrier between your thoughts and the laws of mind mapping.

Landscape orientation is critical too because we see the world horizontally more than vertically. Peripheral vision is freer left-right than it is up and down.

I also believe landscape orientation allows for greater mirroring of another essential structure:

The clock. It is the clock formation that lets us instantly turn any Mind Map into a Memory Palace at a glance.

Two: Draw a central image in the center.

World Mind Map Day Mind Map By Phil Chambers

Tony Buzan says that the central image should feature at least three colors.

It’s a subtle point and one that I’ve missed many times. I look forward to putting it into practice many times in the future and observing the improvements.

The image should express your core concern with the Mind Map.

Three: Different images should appear throughout the Mind Map.

You should also use dimensions, such as drawing some of your keywords in 3D.

Four: Keywords should be capitalized.

For some reason, this is one of the toughest laws for me to follow. Maybe I read too much e..e. cummings when I was in high school. 😉

Five: Each Keyword should have its own “branch.”

This Law helped me squeeze far more from my Mind Maps.

It’s counterintuitive for a wordy sound-conceptual person like myself.

But the constraint works because it creates pressure on the keyword and your mind.

Think of it this way:

When you look at a clump of sentences and start reading, you’re assisting your memory in a way that turns it off.

Why should you remember what your Mind Map encoded when you can just read what you said?

But when you have a keyword, you give your brain a creative memory workout. This minimally assisted response to keywords is brain exercise par excellence.

Six: Your Branches Should Flow And Taper

If you look at an image of your brain’s neural networks, you’ll see precisely the tapering Buzan wants you to benefit from when creating your Mind Maps.

This law isn’t dogma. This correspondence to nature isn’t the totalitarianism of a control freak.

It’s the firm insistence that Mind Mapping mirrors your brain on the page. The closer you bring your mind and the Mind Map together in structure and flow, the more your creativity and memory perform.

Seven: Balance The Length Of Your Branches

The point about balance is another recommendation that needs more of my attention. But I think by following the other suggestions, adherence to this one happens naturally.

Eight: Use A Ton Of Colors

When I got back into Mind Mapping, I struggled with this as well.

After all, choosing colors can create a bit of decision anxiety. Questions like these might arise:

  • Which color should I use?
  • Is green really appropriate for this idea?
  • What if I make a mistake?

Sure, there’s a reason the brain pumps out these concerns. Barbara Oakley explains it well in Mindshift.

But if you dive in and start to practice the Mind Map technique, you’ll find you automatically make the right decisions.

Nine: Emphasize Points With Arrows And Lines

Connecting the different branches with arrows is one of my favorite parts.

For me, it’s like a “meta” Mind Map and corresponds with the Rhizomatic nature of the Magnetic Memory Method.

These measures, when combined, kick De Bono’s lateral thinking up a serious notch.

Ten: Maximize The Clarity Of Blank Space/White Space

Perhaps the most compelling Law involves the use of blank space for clarity.

In other words, you need to let your Mind Maps breathe. I never used to do this, which slowed me down.

How To Continually Improve Your Mind Mapping Practice

To improve, I just started creating more Mind Maps.

As with the Magnetic Memory Palace Network, you benefit more (and faster) by working with multiples.

This approach gives Mind Maps and Memory Palaces more space for your brain to fill-in-the-gaps.

This pointer also circles back to Buzan’s point that the Mind Map should be useful at a glance. If there is no breathing room and no blank space, you stifle your success.

But when you leave enough space between your branches:

“Your brain negotiates these gaps to understand where you are and where you are going. “

How To Bring The Mind Map, Major System and Memory Palace Together

First of all, don’t even get started unless you are on the path with well-formed Mind Maps.

Yes, I have some discoveries to share. And yes, they will work without precision.

But if I could turn back the hands of time and start all over again, I would have my Mind Mapping strategy in order first.

That cautionary note aside, here’s what you can do if you know the Major Method:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Once you have that committed to memory and are fluent in using the Major:

  1. Imagine that your blank page is a clock. Limit yourself to twelve branches or less.
  2. Create your central image and radiate your twelve branches from the center starting at 12 o’clock.
  3. Since the Major System tells most of us that 1 is D or T and 2 is N, mentally impose or draw that symbol at the 12 o’clock. Do this after you’ve created the branch.

Not: Personally, I never draw my Tin Tin image. That’s where the Keyword goes.

  1. After you complete the branch, think about how your Keyword can interact with your Major System image.

For example, if my keyword is “Ancient Greece” and my sub-branches involve Thales and Simonides, I will think of them all in a fistfight with Tin Tin.

But more than think of them, I will use all the Magnetic Modes to “Magnetize” them into my memory. To make the relationship between the Mind Map and the Memory Palace “Magnetic,”  I will touch upon the Magnetic Memory Method Principle of CAV KOG(S) and the Magnetic Modes:

  • Conceptual Magnetic Mode
  • Auditory Magnetic Mode
  • Visual Magnetic Mode
  • Kinesthetic Magnetic Mode
  • Olfactory Magnetic Mode
  • Gustatory Magnetic Mode

And finally:

The Spatial Magnetic Mode, i.e. the Memory Palace, which in this case is the Mind Map itself!

  1. Move on to the next branch.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

As you can see, bringing the Mind Map together with the Major and the Memory Palace helps learning.

Even better:

The Mind Map Mastery-Magnetic Memory Method Fusion helps teaching too.

The Empowering Truth Of Mind Maps For Kids

This point about the use of Mind Maps for teaching is essential.

Many people email me with questions about how to teach techniques like these to kids.

My belief?

Learn them for yourself. Develop your own Mind Mapping and Mnemonic Style.

Demonstrate the skills you’d like young people to learn.

Involve them in the process.

Make Mind Mapping a family activity. And take them to meet Tony Buzan like I did:

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers at a ThinkBuzan memory improvement and brain exercise event

Pay it forward to the older generations too.

After all, there’s good reason to believe that Mind Mapping can help stave off problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

But if you’re not the master of these techniques first, I believe it’s wrong to foist them on young people without your leadership first.

And if that’s not an option, buy a copy of Mind Map Mastery for the people who teach your children. Responsibility for what Tony Buzan calls “mental literacy” cannot and will not begin anywhere other than you.

And the good news is…

There are a TON of people who are waiting for you to join the group of Mind Mapping enthusiasts!

True Mind Mapping practitioners who keep coming back to the well to refine their practice.

And once you’ve read and started using the ideas in Mind Map Mastery, add more from the Tony Buzan library to your expertise.

Other Tony Buzan Books You’ll Find Useful

Here are some of the other books by Tony Buzan I highly recommend in addition to Mind Map Mastery:

To be clear:

The more you read on the topic of mind mapping, the better your mind maps will serve your memory, thinking, creative and professional goals.

Have I Made My Mind Maps Perfect Using Tony Buzan Mind Mapping?

No, of course not.

We are playing a game of progression, not perfection.

And as Buzan points out many times, when you follow the Mind Mapping Laws, you’ll develop your own style.

This point is important because “style” is precisely the outcome of the application of rules.

Think about fashion. You only have a fashion style when you know the foundational techniques of combining color with texture.

Think about music. You only have a style of music when you pick the right mode and use the right scales.

Think about movies. Directors and actors only properly create a genre or style when they understand the underlying principles and structures of the Western, Science Fiction or Action movie.

Likewise with Mind Mapping. And the more I practice following the rules, the more my style emerges.

Even better:

The more you allow your style to emerge based on the laws, the more useful the Mind Maps you create will become.

Why The Ultimate Map Map Software Is Always At Your Fingertips

Mind Mapping works because it helps you mimic the creative brain on the page.

Sure you can waste your time searching for how to make a Mind Map in Word.

You can ponder until you’re blue in the voice whether or not Evernote can function as a Mind map.

But speculation and limited Mind Map “tools” that deviate from the Mind Mapping Laws will only get you measly results.

And as Buzan once said during dinner to me, “The Rules will set you free.”

Shakespeare knew this to be true when he submitted himself to iambic pentameter.

Painters follow the laws of color day in and day out.

Musicians cheerfully lock themselves inside of scales without complaint.

So why not let the Laws of Mind Mapping set your free?

Which Mind Map Software Is the Best?

You are!

Seriously. You are the best software on the planet for improving your creativity and memory skills.

After all, if we take the computer-brain metaphor to its extreme conclusion, both involve information chemically encoded in space.

In order for your computer to pump out a near-infinity of possible outcomes, it needs to follow rules.

And as I hope I’ve demonstrated today, the only Mind Map worth making is the one that follows the rules.

And Tony Buzan has accomplished the miraculous with his iMind Map Software.

When you read the book, you’ll see just how authentically Buzan has made this work. And just how wonderfully he’s going to evolve it as information technology evolves.

Mind Mapping = Digital Fasting Vs. Digital Amnesia

But if you want my not-so-humble, but always Magnetic two-cents, I’m sticking with colored pens and paper.

I believe it is faster, more human and more likely to connect with the Memory Palace technique by doing so.

And to be fair, the Primacy Effect keeps me preferring the original Tony Buzan Mind Mapping principles that I keep coming back to so I can learn more.

Not only that, but I like taking long breaks from the computer.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading

And I predict that Digital Fasting is going to continue being the ultimate cure for Digital Amnesia.

So here’s what I recommend:

  1. Get a copy of Mind Map Mastery today.
  2. Put the Laws of Mind Mapping into practice immediately.
  3. Then come back to this post. Learn the Major System if you don’t already know it and try the “clock” technique I shared today.

Then let me know in the comments below just how excited you are by the results.

Happy Mind Mapping!

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Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique. Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 32:46
Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes? [Actionable 11 Point Checklist] Thu, 06 Sep 2018 03:39:23 +0000 10 <p>Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes? [Actionable 11 Point Checklist]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes?Imagine receiving thousands of emails from people asking you, “Can you really improve memory like Sherlock Holmes?”

What would you tell them?

Would you say…

“Oh yes, of course. Just use the best memorization technique all the hip kids are using these days.”

Or would you say…

“Sorry. Too busy. I must go to my Mind Palace!”

Well, as the man with all the memory exercises and memory improvement know-how…

I have to take a third path.

And I always give people an answer that breaks my heart!

But here’s the truth of the matter…

You Can’t Improve Memory Like
Sherlock Holmes Because…
The Dude Isn’t Real!


How can any honest and ethical person tell you that such a thing is possible?

How can you create a Memory Palace (or Mind Palace) like Sherlock Holmes and experience substantial memory improvement when that person doesn’t exist?

And yet other memory trainers use this metaphor all the time.

Sherlock Holmes in a Memory Palace

They use it as their “marketing hook.”

That’s right.

And even if it’s false advertising, it works.

But what those marketers are really saying is something more like this:

“Hey, how would you like to memorize information like a fictional coke addict who walks with a cane?”


“How about becoming like someone who treats his sidekick Watson like a dim-witted moron?”

No thanks.

I don’t know about you, but…

I Want Real Memory Improvement!

And as much as I’d like to stop the misrepresentation of the real glory of memory techniques, the world of marketing is what it is. Unless you know how to memorize these classical copywriting headlines.


I suggest you remember Caveat Emptor in the wild world of online memory training.

But here’s the very good news:

If you want to know about a memory method that really will help you improve memory, you’re in the right place.

After all, memory isn’t really at the core of Sherlock Holmes.

Here’s the real deal:

Medical Anatomy skeleton image related to memory techniques

It was medical deduction for the diagnosis of disease that influenced Arthur Conan Doyle, not detective work. And it’s this kind of medical detective the books and movies really base themselves on.

All that aside, here’s what we’ll be doing in this Sherlock Holmes continuation post:

I’m going to provide you with an 11-Point checklist that will make sure you’re on the right track.

Are you ready to get started?

You are?


Let’s go!

The Ultimate 11 Point Improve Memory Checklist

So with all that ground covered, let’s get started with the ultimate checklist for improving your memory.

Do all these things and you’re guaranteed to have a memory sharper than you ever dreamed possible!

1. Learn the Memory Palace technique first.


A few reasons.

First, there are a lot of terms out there for the different memorization techniques you can learn.

But the Memory Palace is the only one that taps into the most significant memory power:

Spatial memory.

Second, the Memory Palace enables you to use the other memory techniques you’ll learn about inside them.

I’m talking about the link method, the Major System, the mnemonic peg system and so on. There are lots of terms and we’ve clarified them in this post with 5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice.

Why seek so much clarity?

So we can master the fundamentals first. That’s how the Magnetic Memory Method ensures you can actually use the skills for life.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Without struggle.

Without constant questions about what to do and how to do it.

Without fear of making mistakes at every corner.

The Major Path To Fast Success With Memory Improvement

2. Learn the Major System.

“The Major” as the memory technique veterans refer to it involves associating numbers with letters of the alphabet.

The Major has also been called the phonetic mnemonic system and the digit-consonant system.

Whatever you call it, here’s what it looks like:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Why learn to memorize numbers?

First, even in the age of smartphones and online calculators, they’re still super-important.

You still need to know the phone numbers of your loved ones in case you lose your device.

Not only that, but when you create a Magnetic Memory Palace, you can give each Magnetic Station within a number.

That way, when you’re using the Memory Palace to encode and decode the information, it’s easy to move directly to the information you placed inside.

Once you have the Major System working, you’ll also be able to:

Remember passwords
Bank account numbers
Historical dates and birthdays
… and anything else involving numbers!

To make this happen, you’ll want to create what some people call a P.A.O or a 00-99 list.

If you’d like more information, I’ve included my own mnemonic examples in How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic and Equations.

How To Memorize History:
Mnemonic Example Of How Having A “Magnetic” 00-99 P.A.O.

When you have a proper 00-99, any time you see a number, you instantly have a Person, and action and on object pop into your mind.

This simple mnemonic tool is better than any vitamins for memory improvement on the market.

For example, I wanted to memorize some dates about George Washington not too long ago while reading Richard Brookhiser’s book on Washington’s leadership skills.

George Washington Mnemonic Example Magnetic Memory Method

According to Brookhiser, Congress made Washington Commander in Chief of the military in 1775. This post lasted until 1783.

I instantly memorized these dates by placing some Magnetic Imagery in a Memory Palace.

The mnemonic examples I used?

First, I used my image of George Washington himself. I’ve seen paintings and stone carvings of the dude, so I have a relatively decent idea of how he looks.

How To Mix Major System P.A.O. Mnemonics For Historical Dates

Second, I needed to remember that 17 is involved because these dates took place in the 1700s.

To do that, I have George Washington equipped with some very sharp tacks.

In the Major Method, 1 = d or t and 7 = k.

Put those two together to form a word like “tack.”

Next, to this image of George Washington with tacks, I have him shoving these into John Cale.

Yeah, that hurts, and that’s why it’s memorable (Sorry John Cale!)

Now, you might not know John Cale or his loose relationship to the history of binaural beats via Lou Reed, which is why you need to get into real memory training. It will help you instantly create these associations when you need them.

The point is that Cale (pronounced “kale”) starts with a hard “k” sound and ends with an “l.”

That’s perfect because all I need to do is think of George Washington putting tacks into Cale in my Memory Palace and then I can recall 1775 in a snap.

Just Get Started And The Rules of The Major System Will Set You Free

Tony Buzan

You can do this too if you dive into these techniques and start creating your associations from 00-99. Don’t overthink it. As my mentor, Tony Buzan says, “the rules will set you free.”

Briefly, I know this period for Washington ended in 1783 (according to Brookheiser) because, in the same Memory Palace, I can sense George Washington interacting strangely with George Orwell.

George Orwell wrote “Animal Farm” and he is spraying “foam” at the cast of “fame” in this image.


Because F = 8 in the Major System and 3 = M. “Farm,” “foam” and “Fame” all compound together to make the association bulletproof.

Animal Farm George Orwell Foaming Cast of Fame Mnemonic Example

Brookheiser tells us that the actual Washington presidency took place between 1789 and 1797, two numbers I now know by heart.

Why? Well, as strange as it is:

I see Cobra Commander with his viper symbol bashing Peter Parker with a puck.

Viper = 89
Parker/puck = 97

It’s that simple. Every 2-digit number has an image like this. All that needs to happen in your mind is this:

Get them interacting in weird and unusual ways in a Memory Palace. With a small amount of practice, you’ll learn to remember vast amounts of information.

Ever hear Sherlock Holmes talk about doing stuff like this in his “Mind Palace?”

No way, hombre. Sherlock Holmes isn’t real.

3. Learn Recall Rehearsal (a.k.a. Spaced Repetition)

You know why we call it “Recall Rehearsal” in the Magnetic Memory Method universe.

A few reasons:

First, it doesn’t count as spaced repetition. That sounds hard, annoying and… lame.

Second, a well-formed Magnetic Memory Palace Network is like a series of theaters.

In these theaters, you call your players for “rehearsal.”

So when I ask my mind about the dates for George Washington’s terms as a military commander and the first President of the United States…

I’m NOT replaying a movie.

No, I’m a theatre director. I know which theatre the play takes place in and I call my actors to the stage.

Then I ask:

What were they doing there?



And other questions to trigger back the associations.

And I do it only as many times as needed to get the information into long-term memory for as long as I need the info.

But spaced-repetition…

I find it’s a waste of time without Magnetic Imagery involved.

Plus, Recall Rehearsal puts the Magnetic in the Magnetic Memory Method by making it easy, fun and effective.

And it’s the only way to develop a mnemonics dictionary in your mind for instant and rapid use of memory techniques.

Dominic O’Brien And The Rule Of Five

With practice, you can reduce the number of repetitions needed to a shockingly low level, though of course, Dominic O’Brien’s Rule of Five is worth your attention, but…

Don’t go wishing and praying for a magic number.

Learn these skills for yourself and the principles that make them work.Dominic O'Brien

That’s the fast and easy path to real memory magic. And it’s better than even the best improve memory games on the market.

But some other guy’s “memory system” or spaced-repetition number will never be as robust as your own. Earn the success you want through experience. It’s a beautiful thing.

More on How To Improve Memory Recall Better Than Sherlock Holmes

Now that you know the truth about using a Memory Palace and use it to place information into long-term memory, here are some additional tips that will help.

Pay attention to each of these because they are essential to your success. These tips are critical to the long-term health of your brain and memory.

4. Eat a memory-friendly diet.

It’s true:

Foods that improve memory – and foods you should avoid – can make or break your memory.

Walnuts, blueberries, green tea – these have all been shown to give your memory a boost better than any improve memory supplements on the market.

5. Exercise.

I go to the gym three days a week. It keeps my body fit, as well as my brain.

The best part?

I’m able to perform Recall Rehearsal while pumping iron and hitting the treadmill.

I also walk frequently and do pushups and yoga at home.

Every bit of fitness helps protect your brain and memory.

6. Reduce Multitasking

(Except when using the particular form of multitasking in a Memory Place we’ve been talking about today.)

Seriously. People who want to learn faster are damaging their chances of success by holding multiple open tabs and reading from devices enabled with notification options.

Speaking of which…

7. Sleep Without Devices In Your Room

If you want to improve your memory, improve your sleep.

It seems unrealistic these days, but it’s getting more important every day:

We need to unplug from the Internet.

We need time away from the machines that use algorithms to shape what we see and how we think.

Personally, every time I stray from my computer curfew…

I regret it.

Not only does my memory suffer…

I make bad decisions.

I get a bit paranoid.

I feel less well.

By protecting the bedroom and using my re-reading strategy with real books, I create a buffer zone around my sleep that works very well.

Oh, and I use a sleeping mask too. Highly recommended.

8. Use app-free brain exercises

Brain exercises are important. And the best evidence shows that when you use apps to get it…

You’re getting horrible results.

The only ones ever shown to work in any impressive way set you up with one-on-one coaching on the other end. In other words, it’s not the app alone getting you the mental fitness results.

But if you’re willing to learn some of these brain exercises, you’ll quickly find boosts in focus, attention and memory.

I’ve shared many exercises to improve memory and concentration, so please be sure to listen to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast frequently so you don’t miss any of them.

9. Learn new mental and motor skills.

The obvious suggestion here is music. Pick up the guitar, piano and French Horn.

But it could also be painting where you learn about shapes, lighting and the color wheel.

Or you could learn to juggle, code a website or learn a language. There are many things you can do. The important thing is to take action and get results.

10. Know the difference between mild forgetfulness and full-blown memory loss

Every person must take full responsibility for the state of their memory.

Just as we monitor our heart rate and respiration, we need to put thought into the functioning of the mind.

To understand this critical difference, I’d start with listening to this memory loss with Jennie Gorman. She was able to recover her memory quickly with just one simple tweak. It’s the kind of solution many people would never think to investigate.

Then there’s brain trauma. Listen to Michael Gusman talk about how he used memory techniques to overcome these issues following a nearly fatal car accident.

Continuing to educate yourself about the role of memory in your life and the health of your brain is indeed your best weapon.

11. Learn to use a variety of mnemonic devices (and never stop)

If there’s one thing we can find legitimately inspiring in the Sherlock Holmes stories, it’s that the dude seems to keep learning.

And more than learning, he keeps thinking about the things he knows.

So although no one can improve their memory to be like an unrealistic fictional character, you can be you.


You can be the best possible version of yourself. All you need to do is keep learning how to use your mind.

That’s what the Magnetic Memory Method website is here to help you accomplish.

Are You Ready To Take Your Skills To The Next Level?

If so, pick something you want to learn that will improve your life. Now you have the tools to learn it quickly and easily.

And when you need more information on how to improve memory for any learning goal, remember to come back to the well.

The Magnetic Memory Method Family will be here for you.

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Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist! Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist! Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 47:12
Brain Exercise Apps: Do They Help Or Hinder Cognitive Development? Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:45:50 +0000 0 <p>If you've ever wondered if brain exercise apps really improve your memory, the truth will shock you. In fact, you might be destroying your cognitive development and memory without even knowing it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Brain Exercise Apps: Do They Help Or Hinder Cognitive Development?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Brain Exercise apps illustration questioning the wisdom of installing brain games on your phoneHave you ever installed a brain exercise apps on your smartphone?

If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Let’s face it:

The allure of increasing your brain’s cognitive performance has tempted over 70 million users to a famous app in the course of just one decade.

And to be honest:

The attraction is justified.


Because every functioning human uses their brain. Increasing its capability can only serve us better as we go about our daily lives.

Now, look:

There is no doubt that technology has made our lives more convenient. Mobile clearly makes technology more portable. And the nature of mobile technology has made many apps completely free.

However, “free” is not always a good thing.

Many brain exercise apps cause undesirable habits that can be toxic to our overall health.

This leads to the following question:

Are brain exercise applications really effective in improving the brain, or do they actually hinder its development?

Brain Exercise Apps – The Big Lie

According to research by Joseph Kable, Caryn Lerman, and John Glick at the University of Pennsylvania, there is no evidence that brain exercise apps improve cognitive performance, working memory, or decision-making.

Image to illustrate how brain game apps disrupt decision making

The study enlisted two groups for testing several brain functions. To begin, the scienctists recorded some baseline scores.

Next, one group played brain games, while the other played regular video games. After the initial experiment, the researches tested both groups again and both showed improvement in their brain function scores.

These results imply that the brain games did not do any better in terms of significant effect and both groups improved because they became more familiar with the test. This comfort, not improvements from brain training, caused the high scores.

In fact, the test participants developed a better understanding of the games they played. The exposure enhanced their playing strategies instead of the presumed increase in the brain function.

This University of Pennsylvania study was not a fluke.

You’ll find similar results in a study by Neil Charness, Wally Boot, and Dustin Souders of Florida State University. Their research showed that skills from these mobile apps were very specific and didn’t have a lot of carryovers to other tasks.

Are You Sabotaging Your Brain By Playing Brain Games?

At worst, brain games could simply waste our time. But could it be possible that these apps are also insidious and cause a hindrance in cognitive development?

Or is it possible that the complexity that mobile technologies introduced to our lifestyles explain the decline of our brain function?

Thinking about cognitive development may reveal answers. The growth of children and their capability to perceive, think, and maneuver through their surroundings involves intelligence, reasoning, memory, and language development.

Cognitive development is not only dependent on genetics but also on the environment in which the child grows. Moreover, cognitive development depends on the stimulus and interaction that he or she experiences.

No one can control genetics but you can try to provide stimulating learning materials and experiences to support the development.

But whether brain games fall into the category of stimulating learning materials is a question that needs more exploration. Like the real data you should know about Cogmed for brain exercise.

Parenting For Dummies, 1936 Edition

To determine the relationship of these apps to cognitive development, Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development will be useful. What follows is a kind of walk-through, if you will, of how the human brain assimilate information throughout its developmental years.

Jean Piaget on Cognitive Development helps us understand brain exercise apps better Magnetic Memory Method

This process of assimilation is important because the brain uses it to navigate the world. According to this theory, the progress takes place gradually and in four successive stages.

First Stage – The Adjustment Period

The first stage is the sensorimotor stage. This first stage of cognitive development occurs during the child’s infancy.  Infancy may seem like a short time but from birth the infant experiences a variety of physical and psychological interactions that cause many changes in a short period.

For soon to be parents, some highlights to expect are:

  • Newborns may already be able to focus and track moving objects
  • 3 months, recognize faces and familiar sounds.
  • 6 months, recognize their own parents and imitate familiar sounds
  • 9 months, understand simple words
  • 1 year, speak a few of these simple words and even associate names
  • 1.5 years, vocabulary continues to grow

Your Baby Has Her Own Tablet?!

During this infancy, some parents will hand smartphones over to their children as a distraction. They think that because their kids can already manipulate the tablet and interact and tap images and symbols displayed on the screen, this activity is fine.

No one really knows. Smartphones and tablets have only been with us for a short while and the children that have been able to use smartphones and tablets early in their lives have yet to be studied. Smartphone addiction does seem to be a real thing though.

Young Children exposed to brain exercise apps good or bad illustration

Yet, this much is already clear:

Too much screen time and less social interaction inhibit emotional and social development. Aside from that, studies also show that high-energy visible (HEV) light or blue light emitted by the screen can damage the eyes.

Why not get prepared to teach your kids memory techniques now so that you’re ready when they need you?

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Second Stage – Pre-School Years

The second stage is the pre-operational stage that encompasses toddlerhood to early childhood.

Again, here are some cognitive development highlights:

  • 2 years, vocabulary will have significantly increased again
  • 3 years, familiarity with everyday routines like changing clothes and playtime
  • 3 – 6 years old, capability to use imagery and memory skills

Spotting Early Signs of Disability

Of course, it is a different scenario when the child has autism or learning disabilities. Such conditions manifest as difficulties in oral and written language, coordination, and attention and can usually be spotted around the age of 3. Trouble understanding simple instructions or being confused with simple tasks are typical signs of congitive problems.

A delay in cognitive development, as well as several other factors, can contribute to these difficulties. It is best to consult a doctor before engaging in any brain exercise routines.

Tablets versus Toys

Ages 3-6 is a phase where children start learning to read and developing routines like doing chores. This is also the period where their attention span increases to about 15 minutes. Obviously, memory development is huge during this time.

Image to illustrate that brain exercise apps are not the best source of brain exercise Magnetic Memory Method

Since this is a stage that focuses on imagery, apps can provide much more stimulus and interaction than analog pictures.

Years ago, when preschoolers learned about tigers, teachers showed children pictures in books. Current technology allows preschoolers today to see that same tiger in a video, in vivid colors, and with sounds.

Of course, this type of app does not really fit into a “brain exercise” category but belongs more to “multimedia education”.

That said, many apps blur the lines and there are no studies pertaining to long-term effects on cognitive development because the technology is only recent.

In other words, this is unchartered water for scientists. Yet, far too often, people make conclusions about the use of apps during these early stages of life.


Parents now depend on these apps instead of multiple analog toys littered around the house.

On the one hand, it makes sense:

You only need one tablet for the child to play a nearly unlimited number and type of puzzles. The devices also distract children and prevents quarrels with siblings, (unless they quarrel over the tablet or smartphone itself).

Digital Friend versus Human Interaction

Based on studies, this is also the stage where the child develops social interaction skills such as playing and cooperating with other children. Replacing physical activities and social interactions with too much focus on the tablet or smartphone will hinder social development. The research of Patricia Greenfield and her team at UCLA has done much to clarify this problem.

Of course, there are many other factors to consider at this stage. But no matter how you approach things, it’s best to be involved with your children as they play with tablets or smartphones so that they understand the limits as you supervise and provide them interaction while still allowing them the benefits of digital stimulus.

Third Stage – The Concrete Operations Stage – The Calm before the Storm

The concrete operations stage will be at ages 6 – 12 where a lot of physical and personality changes occur. The use of apps at this stage would be similar to that of the previous stage.

Image to illustrate a young person during the storm of cognitive development Magnetic Memory Method

But here’s a key difference:

During this stage, children are more able to think critically.

In terms of cognitive development, here is what you can expect:

  • 6 years, capability use logic in thinking and solving problems
  • 9 years, attention span will increase from 15 minutes to 1 hour
  • 12 years, increased use of logic

Fourth Stage – Formal Operations – Nightmare Teen years are not as bad as you think

This is the age group most parents dread.

Nonetheless, it is an important stage in cognitive development because between ages 12-18 is the formal operations stage where children start to think hypothetically.

They also become better at abstract ideas that lead to reasoning, logic and the ability to understand religion, philosophy, and mathematics. They can think in different perspectives, allowing them to conceive of social issues in sophisticated ways.

Whereas children think in black and white, right or wrong, adolescents can think in relative terms. They start to question authority and absolute truths. Socialization will be a key issue here as the adolescent spends more time facing a screen than interacting with friends. But if your teen is buried in an app, they risk not developing these cognitive abilities.

When Does Cognitive Development Stop?

Of course, in real life, hitting age 18 does not turn you into stone. You continue to age physically and mentally. Cognitive development does not stop because a person does not stop perceiving, understanding, and reacting to the environment in which he or she moves. You continue to learn and the physical structures of your brain undergoes continual change.

Why Adults Never Stop Learning

From age 17 to 45, the average individual will learn “practical street smarts”. He or she can still use reason and logic, solve theoretical problems, and understand abstract concepts, but he or she now has the added benefit of life experience.

For example, you may have realized that you get better brain exercise from reading physical books instead of ebooks:

In some studies, older adults tend to perform better in tests of crystallized intelligence. This intelligence is the ability to use learned information collected throughout the lifetime. This makes sense because they naturally have collected more information than a younger person.

Meanwhile, a young adult will perform better on fluid intelligence. This type of intelligence is the ability to think in abstract and new situations.

Generally speaking, younger adults have higher IQ than their adult counterparts. However, this difference may be due to the difference in technology.

Whereas many adults today only had access to television and printed reading material during their developmental years, younger adults had access to the Internet.  Differences in information consumption may be the source of the difference in IQ.

We can only guess what the effects are of earlier access to electronics, virtual reality, social media, and other modern-day education to the next generation of adults.

At 45-65, the years of insight typically allows the person to make compromises and work through disputes and contradictions in their religion and beliefs.

Senior Years – Retired but Not Expired

At age 65 and higher, research does not support that aging makes you lose the capability to use cognitive reasoning. And if there is a reduction, it will not be sufficient to be problematic in your day-to-day life unless you suffer from a complication (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease).

Image to illustrate the cognitive development of your senior years with or without brain exercise apps Magnetic Memory Method

However, many people complain that they are starting to have memory loss problems. Often, these reflect only short-term memory complaints because these people can still recall information from a long time ago but forget recent information.

During these advanced ages, studies like those completed by Alden Gross and colleagues in 2012 show that memory training would be very useful in arresting the decline of brain function in general.

For example, working memory allows us to retrieve and process several chunks of information to perform a task. For that reason, it is important that this function is retained for as long as possible. And using certain brain exercises, working memory can be trained and kept in top shape well into old age.

Unlocking Hidden Brain Performance

Instead of increasing the amount of “playing time” in these apps, you improve other aspects of your life that affect not only brain function, but physical performance as well.

One factor that affects brain performance is fatigue in the form of physical exhaustion. Check out a study by Hoda Abd-Elfattah, Faten Abdelazeim, and Shorouk Elshennawy for more information about this issue.

Of course, fatigue only means that it is harder for our brains to function when we are tired.

But physical activity, in general, is healthy for the brain. In fact, a study by Laura Baker and colleagues at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina showed that aerobic exercises improve cognitive function.

Avoid Poisoning Your Brain!

You really do need to take care of your physical body. Magnetic resonance images of the brains of alcoholics show decreased volume while smoking causes cognitive decline. Lack of sleep can also cause reductions in brain performance.

Diet also plays a key role. Ketogenic diets are currently popular and a study by Robert Krikorian and colleagues published in 2010 shows that dietary ketosis can enhance mild cognitive impairment.

But I Want to Play Brain Games!

There’s no doubt that brain exercises develop specific skills that benefit people from different walks of life.

For instance, old-time monks use methods like meditation while modern police forces use specific memorization techniques to improve the process of intelligence gathering. Most of these brain training activities are simple and require no external instruments.

Image of brain cluttered with brain exercise apps

Unfortunately, brain exercise in the minds of most people involves a tablet or smartphone full of brain exercise apps. But the research just doesn’t support the claims that these apps are helping anyone.

Consider using mind maps instead.

Don’t fret if research shows that these brain game apps don’t work. There is a lot of other research on this site loaded with activities that do work to improve memory and brain function.

But, if you still insist on playing brain game apps, then go ahead if you find it enjoyable. Not everything you do must have a quantitative result. But don’t forget to spend quality time in the real world as well with your real memory.

And protect your memory at all costs. You’re the only one who can.

About the author:

Kelsey Clea Matthews or KC considers herself is a single mother of the digital age. She believes that the prolonged usage of gadgets is unhealthy for a child’s development, which is why she only allows her daughter to use the devices during weekends. While her kid is at school, she works manages the website Cost Figures.

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5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:26:23 +0000 0 <p>Here are 5 Memory Palace examples that will improve your memory training practice quickly, even if you don't use them for large learning projects.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Memory Palace Exercises Magnetic Memory Method Blog Feature Image Expressing Mental Memory TrainingHave you been looking for Memory Palace examples?

They can be tough to find, especially since many people, like Sherlock Holmes, prefer the term “Mind Palace.”

Plus, people use terms like “peg word system” and “Method of Loci” when looking for Memory Palace training, and it can all get a bit confusing.

Although we can’t cover every type of Memory Palace, get this:

On this page I’ll give you 5 powerful Memory Palace examples you can use to improve your memory training practice.

But before you read, I suggest you begin with this video:

Now that you have enjoyed that broad overview of Memory Palace Training Exercises and what to expect, let’s properly define the Memory Palace technique.

Why Nearly Every Memory Technique Serves
As A Method Of Loci Example

This point might be hard to grasp at first, but this is important:

The Memory Palace, sometimes called the Method of Loci, is based on the same core principle that governs all information.

This principle is space.

You see, your brain encodes information chemically in the brain.

Each neuron and neural network in your brain exists in space - the space of your brain.Click To Tweet

And according to Stephen Kosslyn, there’s a kind of one-to-one correspondence between information out in the world and where your brain stores it in the brain.

In other words:

Your Brain Is A Memory Palace Book

Hear me out:

Imagine that your brain really was a book.

Image of young woman with a book to express the concept that your memory and brain are like pages in a book

And each page of that book is covered in words.

Now imagine that each page in that book is a neural network that binds all of its words.

Likewise, the neural networks in your brain bind the neuronal chemicals that store you memories.

Of course, the brain and memory are much more complex than any metaphor or analogy can express.

But all of this leads to the same conclusion:

If Your Brain Is Like A Computer…
It’s More Like A Kindle Than A Laptop

Think about it:

If a book is an information storage and retrieval device that uses the space of pages, then the computer version of books do pretty much the same thing.

Kindle Device To Demonstrate Memory Palace Nature Of The Brain

This fact means that your Kindle app also stores each word in space on a hard drive and a screen.

And so if you think about how books and apps relate to your memory…


The Ultimate Mind Palace App Is Your Brain!

Isn’t that exciting?

I sure think so. And that’s why I produce so much Memory Palace training for the world.

Do You Have A Memory Palace Sherlock Would Admire?


We’re going to get back to the all-important point about space in a moment. But first:

To create a proper Memory Palace in the space of your brain, it’s important to move beyond fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes and get the right Memory Palace training:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Next, turn your brain into a Memory Palace app by studying from the best types of Memory Palaces.

1. The Bird’s-eye/3rd Person Memory Palace

This kind of Memory Palace involves looking down through the roof on a building. It’s as if you’re looking down at a floor plan.

Anthony Metivier Brain Exercise Memory Palace of Berlin Apartment

2. The 2nd Person Memory Palace

In this kind of Memory Palace, you look at yourself or a Bridging Figure move through your Memory Palace as if through the lens of an external camera.

Memory Palace Examples 2nd Person Looking At Yourself Through A Camera Magnetic Memory Method

3. The 1st Person Memory Palace

Using this kind of Memory Palace, here’s what happens:

You imagine yourself in the Memory Palace. You then imagine yourself seeing the journey you are following through your own eyes.

You can also pretend to be a character in a video game, series or movie and see through the eyes of that character.

For example, using an outdoor Memory Palace, I could imagine being this Giordano Bruno statue and see parts of Rome I’ve created as Memory Palace as if through his eyes:

Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier

4. The Virtual Memory Palace

At some level, all Memory Palaces are Virtual Memory Palaces.


You are creating an imaginary construct. This construct is based on a building or area you’ve seen in real life. You are navigating it “virtually” in your imagination.

That said, when you’re basing a Memory Palace on a location you’ve seen with your own eyes, you seriously reduce cognitive load.

Image to express how all Memory Palace creations are Virtual Magnetic Memory Method

Think about it this way:

When you last moved into a new home, did you have to work hard to memorize the layout?

Probably not. That’s what makes calling it to mind so easy.

But if you’re using a video game as a Memory Palace, not only do you have learn the layout in a completely different way.

You also have to re-create that layout using more mental resources because you’ve never really been there.


This not may not be true for all people.

But I think for most us, Virtual Memory Palaces will cost more time and energy than they are worth.

5. The Magnetic Memory Palace

This kind of Memory Palace lets you fuse all the first four approaches together into one seamless Memory Palace strategy.

Recall Rehearsal also makes memory practice feel a lot like a Memory Palace game!

In fact, when you use the Magnetic Memory Method tools of…

  • Sea shelling
  • The Pillar Technique
  • & ample use of Magnetic Bridging Figures…

Everything gets much easier. That’s because it becomes more fun.

Not only that, but the Magnetic Memory Palace, when used as part of a full Memory Palace Network, makes Recall Rehearsal faster and easier as well.

(Recall Rehearsal is a fast and fun “memory game” way to get any information into long-term memory quickly.)

For a longer discussion of these five approaches to navigating your Memory Palace, check out this video:

The Best Memory Palace For Studying For
School Or Large Learning Projects?

Now, you might wonder, which of these Memory Palace approaches are best for studying for learning.
Ultimately, you need to experiment.

And I would suggest that you learn to use a Magnetic Memory Palace as quickly as possible. Then learn How To Renovate A Memory Palace.

The first three options require too much time and energy. You’ll spend more time visualizing your Memory Palace and your journey through it than necessary.

The Ultimate Truth About Memory Palace Examples & Exercises

Always remember that memory champions simply don’t have time to visualize their Memory Palaces.

They might “see” glimpses, but there’s something quite different going on.

And anyone can learn to reduce the need to visualize their Memory Palaces and journeys with just a bit of practice.

Practice Using Your Brain And You’ll Be The
Best Memory Palace App On The Planet

There are a lot of Memory Palace software programs available.

Frankly, they all present a deviation from developing true memory skills. Like the Giordano Bruno memory skills of legend.

For thousands of years people managed to memorize a textbook without apps or programs.

In fact, it might be precisely because computers have created Digital Amnesia that people no longer pick up these high level memory skills more often.

Why Real Memory Palace Training Is Always Organic

For research purposes, I’ve spent a lot of time in Memory Palace training with apps.

This activity has always been interesting, but ultimately always a waste of time.

Here’s why:

When you train your memory to use a Memory Palace with an app, you’re training in a digital environment.

And if you want to remember names at events, that will give you a bit of an advantage. Here’s more information on how to remember names fast on this live stream replay:

Just remember:

The only Memory Palace examples that matter involve the practice memorizing names at real events – unassisted by technology.

And I have found that training for names using a Memory Palace reduces my skills instead of increasing them.

And little wonder:

Real-life events do not take place on apps - they happen in the world!Click To Tweet

Just ask Jesse Villalobos about how he got a promotion, featured on this Magnetic Memory Method Review.

The Best Memory Palace Examples For Language Learning?

If you want to learn a language, you might like to use a Memory Palace strategy.

There are many ways to proceed, but I’ve found the best involves creating a Magnetic Memory Palace Network around the alphabet.

The alphabet is an interesting mental tool that exists in space. The letter B falls to the right of the letter A, R falls to the left of S and so on.

In other words, the alphabet is a fixed linking system that everyone knows by default – exactly like you know the layout of your home. This understanding makes memory training far more powerful than the old fashioned “method of loci” will ever be.

And that’s why it’s so easy for each letter of the alphabet can serve as a kind of mnemonic peg system you attach to a building.

I suggest that you start with just one Magnetic Memory Palace Network first.

Then create another one until you fully feel the effects of spatial memory working its magic in your mind.

You’ll begin to sense exactly why the Memory Palace is the most powerful technique and why all the other techniques, including the Major Method, are all spatial in nature.

That’s all for now, but I hope that these Memory Palace examples have given you some food for thought and ideas to model for your own memory improvement practice.

Let me know in the comments below if you have thoughts or questions.

You got this!

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The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers Wed, 08 Aug 2018 02:04:17 +0000 0 <p>If you want to know how to memorize numbers, you'll want the most powerful memory techniques for the job. This post includes the Memory Palace for PAO too.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Rowan Atkinson dressed as a nun to illustrate using the Major Sysem to memorize numbers and create a Person Action Object systemIf you want to know how to memorize numbers, you might be getting frustrated.

After all, there is a ton of confusing information about the main remembering numbers technique known as the Major System.

There’s also the question of just how many numbers can a person remember? Not to mention how to remember numbers with a Memory Palace.

In this post, I will show you:

  1. The Major System that allows you memorize numbers with letters and words.
  2. How to connect the Major System with a Memory Palace.
  3. How to expand the Major System into a PAO or 00-99 system.

Or you can just watch the video version of this lesson:

No matter how you choose to learn these techniques, this is important:

Your goal is to shift the burden of memorizing numbers to remembering fun and straightforward images.

This simple activity will reduce the cognitive load on your brain and make learning and remembering any number exciting and fun.

Simple Mnemonic Examples Of How To Memorize Numbers

Have a look at this image:

Magnetic Memory Method Image of a Nun for the Major System (or Major Method)

This is a nun.

She represents the number 22 in the 00-99 Major System I use.

Every time I see 22, I bring this nun to mind (I actually imagine Mr. Bean dressed as a nun. More on why later…)

I do this because if I next see the number 235, I can see an animal, it’s easy for me to use the Major System (better described as the Major Method) to add another image.

Nun fighting and animal to express how to use the Major System on a how to memorize numbers post

When the nun interacts with the animal in an unusual way, I’m able to remember a longer digit with ease: 22357.

The Major System That Underlies The Remembering Numbers Technique

To get to the stage where you can use nuns and animals, you need to understand why 22 is a nun and 235 is an animal.

The Major System has different terms, including:

  • The Phonetic Number System
  • Phonetic Mnemonic System
  • Number Consonant System
  • Herigone’s Mnemonic System
  • … and more.

The exact history of it is not known, but in Mind Map Mastery, Tony Buzan attributes it to Johann Just Winckelmann.

Others site Aimé Paris and Major Beniowski, from whom we most likely take the name, Mnemonic Major System.

Although there are many variations and you can make up your own, a large number of people use an arrangement like this:

0 = soft c, s or zMajor System on the Magnetic Memory Method

1 = d, t

2 = n

3 = m

4 = r

5 = l

6 = ch, j or sh

7 = k

8 = f or v

9 = b or p

In this way, I came up with Nun for 22, but perhaps you would prefer a piece of naan bread. Try to make sure that you have a vowel between the two consonants, but if that doesn’t work for you, a word like “onion” is also acceptable.

It’s really up to you, but I suggest that you avoid abstract concepts like “noon.” If you want to use “noon,” make sure it is a clock with its hands pointed at noon, and maybe include Gary Cooper who starred in High Noon to make it even more concrete.

Likewise with a word like “anon.” This word could make an excellent Magnetic Image for 22, but only if you make it concrete, such as by having James Woods with a particular book.

Why James woods? Because he starred in My Name is Bill W. about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous.

I realize this specificity requires you to stretch your imagination, but its excellent brain exercise (better than any app) and is the secret of how to get a solid 00-99 working from the beginning. (Instead of having to fuss with it for years and potentially give up, as others sadly do.)

How To Expand Your Major System Into A Full 00-99 List

To expand the rules that underly the phonetic Major System is easy. I suggest you take it 5-10 sets at a time.

But first, get a Memory Journal so you have a place to chart down your ideas on paper.

Overall, the best way to learn how to memorize numbers using this approach would go like this:

1. Get a Memory Journal for completing the creative task

2. On a new page, copy the start with 00 and write all the numbers up until 10.

3. Starting with 00, think of words that begin and end with ‘S.’ I personally use Thomas Szasz, but many use Dr. Suess. Sissy Spacek would also work or a pair of eyeglasses built by Zeiss. Many other options are equally concrete. If you choose Zeus, use the character from Planet of the Apes or a clear painting or cartoon of Zeus so you’re not relying on a vague concept.

4. Proceed to 01. For me, this is “sad,” and I see the tragedy mask worn by William Shatner in his performance of Oedipus Rex.

5. Keep going for about 5-10 minutes and take a break. It’s important to relax and revive your creative muscles.

How To Memorize Numbers Encoded With Images In A Memory Palace

First things first, you’ll need to know how to create a Magnetic Memory Palace. Here’s your ticket for that:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Next, start with your first Magnetic Station in the Memory Palace. If you used Dr. Suess, place him on the first Magnetic Station. If you used the sad tragedy mask for 01, place it on the next station.

You can do this in small sets or get more ambitious and work on larger sets. The critical point is that you use Recall Rehearsal to get the images into long-term memory.

For many people, this step will not be necessary because they can deduce like Sherlock Holmes what their images are by relying on the Major System.

For example, I didn’t learn my 00-99 using a Memory Palace. I only needed to think about the Major for each digit and track back to the image I chose.

The Major Mistake I Made When Creating My
First Phonetic Mnemonic System

When I created my first list for math based on the science of mnemonics, many of the images were not concrete enough.

To this day, I keep strengthening them and find many opportunities to do so. For example, I use to have a very generic idea of “fire” for 84.

But I later evolved this image to Chuck Norris in Missing in Action 2 with a flamethrower. I did not have to invent this image because there is a classic scene in the movie where he burns down a bridge with a flamethrower.

And that is the beauty of using the Major Method to memorize numbers. By letting its rules set you free, your imagination will come up with many powerful associations. It is also a great way to strengthen your ability to make associations if you need the developmental exercise. (Many people do.)

How To Extend Your 00-99 to A Person Action Object System

So far we’ve talked about giving each digit an image from 00-99.

Many people like to have a triple-whammy effect by having at least three different elements going on for each digit.

To be honest, I have never found this necessary or entirely useful in everyday life. However, in the world of memory competition, it is a must.

That said, my own method of working often includes most of Person Action Object criteria.

For example, the 01 tragedy mask is both a person and an object: It is the tragedy mask (the object) worn by William Shatner (the person). To add an action would be easy: he could be soaping it up with suds.

Although I would be making a leap of the imagination by turning “suds” into a verb, this could work very well.

To take another example, I have Jim Carrey with a lyre (stringed instrument) for 54. I could have him using it to “lure” something or someone to add an action, but I don’t need this specificity for my personal memory practice.

The reason I don’t have a full PAO (sometimes falsely lumped in as a Mnemonic Peg System) for each digit is that I prefer flexibility. In real life, you do not have to beat the clock the same way you do in a memory competition.

You are also using numbers you want to memorize for the long term, like banking info, phone numbers and passwords. These are not random digits heard or read at an event that you’re going to forget minutes after submitting your results.

To that end, I prefer to choose how my Magnetic Images interact with each other on the fly.

Obviously, this approach is different than the Dominic System (or Hotel Dominic) or the system Ben Pridmore uses, etc.

And at the end of the day, that’s the incredible and mind-blowing truth:

Tony Buzan is right:

The rules will set you free.

Each person always uses these techniques individually. And although ultimately you must find your own path, you are free to do so by leaning on the classic techniques and paying attention to the Magnetic Memory Method principles of being specific and concrete. And of course there’s more to learn in How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic and Equations.

And now that you know the options available to you, you can easily learn how to memorize numbers quickly. Because…

Learning To Use Mnemonics For Numbers Is Easy And Fun!

Now that you have these strategies, I suggest you listen to my interview with Brad Zupp. He explains his story and perspective from the realm of competition and practical use of these techniques as a mental passwords manager.

How do these approaches to remembering numbers strike you?

If you have any experiences you’d care to share or have any questions, post them below.

You got this!

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How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits Thu, 02 Aug 2018 03:56:07 +0000 16 <p>Confused about how to improve focus and concentration? Want a way that leads to memory improvement? Discover these three tips by reading this post now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Improve Focus And Concentration Magnetic Memory Method Blog and Podcast Feature ImageWhat if I told you I can show you how to improve focus and concentration in less than five minutes a day?

Would you believe me?

If you’ve just said…

I’m not sure…

In fact… I’m downright skeptical!

Good answer.

Skepticism is good.

In fact, as you’re about to learn, it’s one of the best tools for creating lasting focus and concentration.

You can use the tool of skepticism (and others I’ll share on this page) to create laser-sharp awareness that not only helps you understand information better…

It also makes you feel fantastic!

The best part?

Everything you do to improve concentration and focus also improves your memory.

And that’s exactly what the Magnetic Memory Method mission is all about:

Showing you how focus, concentration and memory are all sides of the same dice.

Are you ready?

Great! Then let’s get the focus and concentration party started with my favorite ways to improve concentration and focus.


1. Learn How To Improve Focus And Concentration By Resting More


Didn’t think I would start off with a wildcard, did you?

But it’s true.

According to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang in his book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, many people throughout history who displayed mounds of focus and concentration…

Took a lot of rest.

Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Book Cover

Charles Dickens, for example, wrote tons of books but spent huge chunks of his day walking.

And as Palle Yourgrau shows in A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein, part of Einstein’s success secret involved ample amounts of walking…

Just not walking alone. It’s actually hard to tell who was smarter: Einstein or Gödel.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to make any bets myself, but we know for a fact that both these men had these things in common:

1. They took lots of rest.

2. They walked a lot.

3. They were geniuses who changed the world.


The Two Secrets Of How Walking Increases Focus And Concentration…


According to Pang and the mountains of cool research he cites, walking isn’t restful because it’s not working.

Rather, walking lets the mind wander.

But wait a second!

Isn’t mind wandering the opposite of focus and concentration?

Not necessarily.

In fact, when you let your mind wander, your brain chemistry changes.

Yes, we’re talking about “drugs,” specifically dopamine.

And from a scientific perspective, it’s important to understand that most people get their best ideas when their dopamine levels are high.

These are, ironically, when we are the most distracted.

For example, you are most distracted and experiencing high levels of dopamine when you are dreaming, running, driving, walking, or, the most classic example of them all, taking a hot shower.

Why do we get more ideas when engaging in activities like these?

It’s not just the dopamine.

It’s also that we’re disengaged. Speaking of which, I’d like you to be engaged, so let me ask you this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

For more information about this topic, please read Rest for more on the science of mind wandering.

Oh, and believe it or not, I didn’t just read this cool book and pass it on to you without trying the suggestions out for myself.

More on my results in a future blog post. For now, it appears that Pang practices what he preaches too. Just check out his blog.

In sum:

Walking works. Especially when you combine it with Digital Fasting, my own personal cure for Digital Amnesia.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading


2. Remove Distractions And Read From Real Books


I don’t know about you, but I once had a love/hate relationship with Kindle.

It got so bad we ultimately broke up. I haven’t read a full book on Kindle for more than three years now.

The last time I tried, I gave up 1/4 of the way through and ordered the same book in print.


Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.

But I believe it’s partly because I never had a proper Kindle device.

I always used the Kindle app on an iPhone.

And that meant it was crushingly easy to open up a browser – or use the app itself – to fact check things.

Every disruption led to less U.S.S.R.

No, not the former Soviet Union!


I’m talking about Uninterrupted Silent Sustained Reading.

You see, physical books are like focus and concentration “engines.”

If you can just get comfortable with them and stay the course…

They pull you along page by page, increasing your commitment to paying attention…

Anthony Metivier with lots of books

Indeed, increasing your attention span itself (which in no way resembles the sharpness and clarity of a twitchy little goldfish).

The trick is in carving out time to read.

How to do that?

It’s easy:

Put the spotlight on all the things you do that are NOT reading.

Then ask yourself…

Do I want to improve my focus and concentration (and memory)?

Or do I prefer to sit on the couch and watch Netflix?

Or have a thousand tabs open or drown myself with music as my friend Joanna Jast talked about when she shared her tips on improving focus.

Increasing Focus And Concentration Requires This Secret Ingredient

In other words, the experts on these matters are talking about prioritizing.

Whether you prioritize with a calendar, a mind map, or even a Memory Palace to memorize your to-do list, this is how to get reading done:

1. Eliminate things that are not reading from your schedule. Things you really need not do.

2. Schedule time for reading. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day, it’s a start that will do wonders.

(One neat book that takes just 5 minutes a day you can sink your teeth into is Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle. Highly recommended, especially if you want to memorize books.)

3. Bonus: Schedule time for reading books about how to improve your focus and concentration. Or how about a set of books on how to improve focus at work?

Yeah, that sounds good. Maybe books like Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

If you’d like other reading suggestions, check out why I make revisiting at least one book I’ve read before part of my Re-Reading Strategy.


3. Gamble Your Time With Focusing and Concentrating On Zilch


There’s a long history of scientific research showing a paradox stranger than what we just learned about mind-wandering…

Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

It’s that meditation improves memory!

That’s right.

Sitting down and staring at the wall can and will improve your memory. Walking meditation will help too.

You don’t have to work hard at it.

You don’t have to do it for hours on end.

You just have to sit down and breathe.

And you really can start with just 5 minutes a day.

Here’s all the best research on meditation and memory I’ve got for you so far.

Now it’s time to take you deeper into my own meditation practice specifically for focus and concentration.

Again, calibrating your attention to laser-sharp levels of focus connect with memory in multiple ways.

Here’s a shocking fact:

These connections are not always simple to explain.

However, they are easy to spot once you start feeling them. And all the more so when you have a flexible memory method.


How You Will Notice This Special Technique Is Improving Your Focus And Concentration


Here are a list of some things you’ll notice when you start meditating:

1. Less mental chatter.

When the boardroom in your head settles down, your focus and concentration must improve.


Because you won’t get caught up in so much of what Gary Weber calls “blah blah blah.”

Please don’t expect it to disappear completely.

It seems possible that it can, but in my experience with what Jeffrey Martin calls Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience (PNSE)…

Complete silence in your head is not necessarily a desirable outcome.

(Kind of like how photographic memory is not really the blessing people think it is. As Jill Price’s story illustrates in that blog post, that kind of memory is much less a path to focusing help when you need to concentrate and can disrupt your life and sanity.)

2. The world seems more vivid.

Imagine if colors that used to be so boring you didn’t notice them now jump out at you.

Do you think that would sharpen your concentration?

It certainly did for me.

For example, after learning the Wim Hof Method and experiencing a breakthrough in my meditation practice, I remember heading to the gym one morning…

All of a sudden I noticed a traffic sign on a street corner in Berlin that I must have seen hundreds, if not thousands of times before.

Suddenly the sign itself and its faded green color leapt out at me.

I noticed every crack in its paint.

The rusted iron holding it in the air was suddenly so beautiful and precious.

I felt immersed in each and every detail.

And yet for some reason, although it must have been in my field of vision many times before…

Something so extraordinary had been completely invisible.

Of course, the goal when learning how to focus your mind is not to become autistic or continually overwhelmed by every little detail.

And that’s not at all what happened to me.

But this experience transfers directly to paying attention to what I’m reading in books.

I’m aware of both the characteristics of the page and the information at the same time.

And I’m aware of using memory techniques to remember dates and names and facts…

All without skipping a beat because meditation has helped me keep my brain focused on information. All while my awareness of the beauty of the material world feels blissful.

(Okay, I’m human too and sometimes slip from this bliss, but thanks to regular practice, it snaps back in place mighty fast.)

Would you like to know how to train your brain to stay focused?

In a word:


Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesia

3. Feel Less Bothered By Worldly Events You Cannot Control

You know how it is, right?

You’re humming along. Everything’s great. Your mood couldn’t be better…



Something happens that completely ruins everything.

All of a sudden you feel horrible, hate everything and it seems like the end of the world.

Believe me, I’ve been there.

But it happens less and less.

And the more I focus on how to increase focus and attention span (and memory) through meditation, the more I can let go.

There’s a cool quote in The Fire of Self-Knowledge by James Swartz on why this might take place:

“To clean the mind, an inquirer needs to abandon gratuitous activities, dedicate essential desire-prompted activities to the field of life and take the results as a gift.”

The Fire of Self Knowledge James Swartz Book Cover

To be fair, Swartz says in this commentary on Shankaracharya’s Atma Bodha that meditation should not be your only strategy.

Far from it!

But when you meditate, you’ll find you can let go of one of the most gratuitous activities of all:

Grumbling at things you cannot change.

And because everything is so much more vibrant, you’ll see the results of actions you take as a gift, no matter what form the results take.


How To Bring Rest, Reading and Meditation Together
For A Focus And Concentration Triple-Whammy


Could I take another few moments of your time and share my own daily ritual?

I promise that it will help you, even if only to give you some ideas to play around with for your personal development.

Assuming you’re cool with that, here’s basically how I suggest anyone can improve their focus and concentration while developing their memory skills:

1. Remove all devices from the room where you sleep.

If you struggle at first, learn savasana. That’s a fancy yoga-word for lying still without moving.

I wrote a whole book about it called The Ultimate Sleep Remedy, but seriously, just lay without moving and train yourself to be comfortable with it.

The Ultimate Sleep Remedy By Anthony Metivier

I wander my Memory Palaces as I lay there and focus on breathing and some of the other things I’m going to share with you in this list.

2. Read physical books and use memory techniques (like the Magnetic Memory Method) to remember the information.

I’ve suggested a few books already, and here’s one I’m actively memorizing from at the moment.

Evolving Beyond Thought Gary Weber Book Cover

At the end of Evolving Beyond Thought, Gary Weber has included something extraordinary:

The best “self-inquiry” phrases from the Ribhu Gita.

Remember when I was talking about skepticism at the top of this page? What a powerful tool it can be for improving your focus and concentration?

Well, now you’ve hit pay dirt.

So far I’ve memorized the Sanskrit for:

How do my thoughts behave? Are they useful?

Just how unreal are my thoughts?

(I recited a bit on a recent podcast all about binaural beats and memory, which may or may not help with the focus and concentration issue.)

Why does this skepticism help improve my focus and concentration while enhancing my memory?

The answer is simple:

When I catch the boardroom in my mind running along, I remember to ask in BOTH Sanskrit and English these skeptical questions.

I’m exercising my memory while correcting course back to focus and concentration!

Because the answer is usually, “No! These thoughts are impeding my concentration!”

And when I realize that, thanks to meditation, I can let them go.

Even better:

Sometimes, thanks to persistent skepticism, I get the opposite the answer to the question. Sometimes I get to say, “Yes! These thoughts are useful!”

In fact, sometimes my thoughts are especially beneficial, such as when I’m thinking about how to teach you memory skills and better mental habits.

And how “unreal” are they?

Well, they are never unreal when people like Robert Martínez emails to say:

Dear Anthony,

Just to let you know that I’m really happy as I used my first Memory Palace to memorise 41 criteria for a teacher assessment scheme I work with and it took me only 1.5 hours to encode.

I then asked one of my colleagues to test me by asking me random criteria e.g. what’s 5d, 4m, etc. and it was exciting!

I was able to decode all the information and my colleague was really impressed. I told her about the MMM too. Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement with you!

Bye for now,


Of course, I don’t let it get to my ego (much).

I just teach more.

And learn more, so I have more to teach.

Just like I recommend you do.

Because here’s the thing:

At the end of the day, you are in control of how you improve your focus and concentration.

There are lots of ways to get there, but all of them involve changing your perception of the world.

And resting, reading and meditation are the finest ways I know of making that happen while improving your memory.

The Truth About Perception According To Oliver Sacks

And you don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to Oliver Sacks laying down the truth:

“Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.”

Oliver Sacks holding a model brain

When you follow the three suggestions in this post, you’ll find that you use perception to create better habits.

And that leads to better thoughts.

Thoughts that shape better behaviors.

Rest or do whatever healthy things switch your dopamine on to improve your focus and concentration.

Read real books and memorize the materials.

Then meditate. Wander a Memory Palace while you’re at it.

I have more steps you can follow related to the journaling elements and language learning if you want to really go for gold.

Do these things and the improvement of your focus and concentration will happen practically on autopilot.

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Memorization Technique Secrets: 5 Rarely Known Benefits Of Mnemonics Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:40:53 +0000 2 <p>Memorization techniques can be confusing because there are so many. Knowing these 5 benefits will help you decide which memorization technique is best. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Memorization Technique Secrets: 5 Rarely Known Benefits Of Mnemonics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Diamond to express the rareness of memorization technique benefitsAre you looking for the perfect memorization technique?

And getting frustrated?

Well, don’t blame yourself. Because it is frustrating, isn’t it?

I mean… everywhere you go people are using different terminology.


P.A.O. …

Mind Palace…

Roman Room…

Journey Method…

Mnemonic Peg System…

How Real Are The Promises Of Memorization Techniques
For Students And Mature Learners?


I mean, lets face it:

All those terms sometimes make the whole memory improvement world feel a bit like a hoax.

After all, even if science backs up memory improvement techniques 100%…

Why the heck can’t people get their terms straight!?!

Well, let’s get the painful truth about the world of memorization techniques out of the way:

Whether you want to know how to memorize a speech fast or are desperate for memorization techniques for studying…

You’re going to come across a lot of different terms.

That’s just the way the world of memory improvement. It has been since humans started developing memorization techniques to help them survive.

And it’s getting more complex!

But in reality, a lot of those techniques are essentially the same

Each and every one has a location-based element in one way or another.

That means that all memorization techniques are spatial.

And as Thales, the first person in the West to be considered a philosopher and scientist in the same body, said:

Megiston topos hapanta gar chorei

(Space is ultimate for it contains all things)

That’s the very cool thing about the discoveries here at the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

Once you understand this and practice with memorization techniques from this basis, your results will accelerate.

And the complexity eases down, even if there will still be ins and outs to consider.

And if you’re interested in more about the history of where mnemonics come from to help humans deal with complexity and how they used space to do it, please check out Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code.

Just as we do here on this blog nearly every week, Lynne’s book will show you exactly how learning these techniques will help you deal with extreme complexity in modern life.

My course which you can subscribe to at the bottom of this post will take you through everything too. It’s free.

For now, let’s persist and do our best to get past all the confusing terminology.

Let’s talk instead about the…


5 Little-Known Benefits Of Using The Best
Memorization Technique Of Them All


Ultimately, what will help most people is the Magnetic Memory Palace.

At the end of this post, you’ll get an opportunity to learn how to create one of these for free, along with the best terminology we’ve got.

Forbidden City Memory Palace

No more “method of loci” or other confusing terms. Again, the truth is that the linking method and the peg method and the Roman Room, the Major System and all the rest…

You can use them all at the same time in a Magnetic Memory Palace.

And if you know the benefits of learning to do so…

Any overwhelm you face will be easy to handle.

Plus, you can experience these 5 benefits, starting with…


1. Use Fast Memorization Techniques To Make Learning Fun!


I get email every day from people who find learning a real challenge.

Some of them are struggling to learn and remember very boring topics.

That’s a real problem too because when you’re bored…

Your progress slows to a crawl.

Yet, when you have the right memorization technique for the job, things not only get faster…

The memorization techniques for studying you use make everything more interesting.

And more fun.

The Best Memorization Techniques Rapidly Increase Focus And Concentration


Why A Memory Method Is Better Than A Memory System Featured Image

Especially when you know how to to improve focus and concentration with a memorization technique like the Magnetic Memory Palace.

Of course, it helps too if you know about motivation in learn, such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Basically, you just have to make sure that you’re always dangling a carrot in front of you instead of threatening yourself with a stick.

Don’t believe me? Self punishment is a real issue when it comes to memory. Please avoid it at all costs.


2. Memorization Techniques For Exams Reduce Stress


Imagine walking into an exam that you know you will pass with 100% certainty.

It’s totally possible if you have the right memory techniques on your side.

And in this episode about Giordano Bruno, Scott Gosnell talks about how you can create a Memory Palace out of the examination room itself.

Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier

The stress reduction isn’t just about memorization techniques for college students either.

Many adults face certification exams at different points in their career.

And when you’re working full time, the stress on your memory can be huge. (And if you suffer Manic Depression like I did during university, these memory improvement tips for the Manic Depressive University Student will be especially helpful.)

For that reason, it totally makes sense to have the best memorization technique on the planet ready to go.


3. Using Effective Memorization Techniques
Create Long-Term Brain Health


Use it or lose it.

We hear the phrase all the time.

But how many of us actively complete brain exercises? (No, not the Cogmed variety, but real brain exercises.)

And more than just real brain fitness. Do you do it…


Whether you’re getting a brain workout from visual memorization techniques or memorization techniques for actors (because remembering cool lines from movies helps), regularity matters.

Sunglasses reflecting a scholarly bookshelf

Or as one of the supporters of the Magnetic Memory Method once said (Howdy, Alex!):

Use the right memorization technique for the job or go H.O.M.E.

The acronym stands for:





And let me tell you, if you want to know how to remember things you read or learn a new language, you’ll want to get started right away.

After all, the more you learn, the more you can learn.

And if you, like me, want to be sharper as a whistle in your old age, the time to start using the best memorization techniques on the planet is not now…

It’s right now.


4. The Right Memorization Technique Can Help You
Scratch That Language Off Your Bucket List


Sure, memory exercises are fun. They can perhaps even stave off Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

But knowing another language can also help. There’s even proof that bilingualism is a brain and memory health strategy.

Not only is language learning an ongoing source of mental fitness, but you get the benefits of more socialization.

You can literally meet more people and get to know them more deeply.

This exposure to people enriches the brain with chemicals.

Bilingualism Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

The other cool thing about the Memory Palace technique I suggest you learn and use involves the organized approach you can take.

I realize this is going to sound counterintuitive, but here’s the thing:

Language learning experts and polyglots like my friend Olly Richards are right.

They advise that you always learn words in phrases. Or at least think intelligently about the question, single words or full sentences?


Why Memorizing Words Is A Skill Instead Of Phrases Matters


But from the perspective of mnemonics – and especially the Magnetic Memory Method – this is right only after you know how to memorize individual words.

If you can’t do that, then memorizing entire phrases will be too complicated (at first).

You’ll be trying to build the house of your fluency from the roof down. You need to build up your memory skills from the foundations instead.

This fact is why my international bestselling course is called How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language.

Not “the phrases” of any language.

Start with the foundations of individual words and you will quickly learn to memorize entire phrases.

Not only that, but you’ll learn to memorize any grammar rules you wish, including conjugation rules.

But you need a memory method willing to tell the truth.

And that truth involves mastering the basics first before going for gold.

Once that’s established, you really can experience massive boosts in fluency and learn entire phrases on demand.

If you’re skeptic, that’s a good thing. I’ve got two more resources for you:

First: Here are 15 Reasons Why Learning A Language Is Good For Your Brain.

Second: Here’s a live stream replay where you can watch me memorizing Chinese song lyrics in real time in front of an audience:


Anyone can do this and I would love if I could inspire you in this way, so give it a view. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there if you’d like to join me on a future live stream.

I really put my butt on the line to demonstrate for you exactly how these techniques work. And as you’ll see – I felt VERY good when I pulled off the challenge.

Wouldn’t you like to feel good like that too?


5. The Right Memorization Technique For The Job Eliminates Fear


Let’s face it:

Students suffer from examination phobia.

Language learners quake in their boots when they get the chance to speak with a native.

Doctors make mistakes with patient names that kill.

And so on.

The reality is that no one has to suffer from the fears of making mistakes.

Yes, sometimes they happen. That’s just part of reality.

Memory Destroying Foods - and What To Eat Instead

But the benefits of good memory with the right memorization technique can reduce mistakes dramatically.

Especially when people use their knowledge to remember to sleep, eat well and keep hydrated.

Memory techniques really are about more than just learning faster.

They’re about improving every aspect of your life and creating balance.



And ultimately, competence and control over your destiny.


How To Deal With The Global Abundance Of Memorization Techniques


Yes, there are a lot of terms out there as more and more people teach their favorite memorization technique.

But try not to get lost in the terminology.

Just find memory training and memory improvement courses you resonate with and trust.

Give those memory experts your attention.

Follow the instructions and recommendations.


You’ll be amazed by the memory improvement you experience.


You’ll be thrilled by the additional benefits using memory techniques brings.

Are you ready to be thrilled? Let me know in the discussion area below and then grab the Magnetic Memory Method Improvement Kit to get started today!
Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Kit

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The Real Data You Should Know About Cogmed For Brain Exercise Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:13:31 +0000 0 <p>Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Real Data You Should Know About Cogmed For Brain Exercise</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Christine Till on the Magnetic Memory Method PodcastHave you ever wondered about apps like Cogmed for brain exercise and memory improvement really work?

So have I and it is really difficult coming up with a clear answer when you read the research about general brain fitness and memory in the scientific literature.

Here’s the great news:

On this episode of Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you’ll hear from Dr. Christina Till.

Dr. Till is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Developmental Area in the Faculty of Health at York University.

As she shared her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease and other areas of mental cognition, this point leapt out at me: 

“My dream study [would] combine the benefits of physical activity with cognitive training.  To maximize brain growth, we should be doing both.”

If you’d like to peer behind the scenes of how memory research is conducted with softwares like Cogmed in the mix and what the conclusions really mean when it comes to improving memory , download this podcast episode now.

And get ready to dive deep because there’s a ton of substantial information you will learn from Dr. Till’s research and work and how scientists develop their studies and draw their conclusions.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How Christine came to be interested in memory.
  • What “environmental enrichment” means and how it can help you improve your memory.
  • What Huntington’s disease is and how it degenerates the brain over time.
  • The early manifestations of the Huntington’s disease.
  • The conditions or immune triggers that have been implicated in increasing the risk of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
  • The metaphor goal suggestion with “machinery” when it comes to the brain and memory.
  • How the cognitive network of the brain gets injured. (This may or may not relate to memory issues from other forms of brain trauma.)
  • Why some people’s cognitive performance can remain stable at early stages of disease.
  • What the term “memory reserve” means and how it can be measured.
  • How cognitive training can help your memory.
  • How the software called “Cogmed” helps people with cognition training.
  • The reasons for choosing “Cogmed” out of the number of programs for Christine’s study.
  • The conclusion of Christine’s research study and what it really means for memory.
  • The power of meditation and linking physical activity with cognitive training.
  • What’s coming up next for Christine and where can people learn more about her research and work.
  • And a special interview here in video with Christine:


Bonus Alternative To Cogmed For Brain Exercise

On this episode, I mentioned to Christine that I was learning to juggle and recite the alphabet backwards. Here’s a demonstration of this simple brain exercise and how you can learn it without any frustration by following a few simple principles:

Part Two:

Christian decides to share his juggling chops while reciting a poem in a video response:

And then another follow-up with coins!

Enjoy (and send us your video too if you’ve got one so we can feature your authentic brain exercise techniques)!

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast and the MMM Blog:

Christine Till Profile profile on York University’s website

Till Lab

Memory training points to new directions for treatment of Huntington’s disease

Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain

Coconut Oil and Memory: Can It Boost Your Brain [Advanced Study]

Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter

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Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you. Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 57:16
8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System Wed, 04 Jul 2018 23:57:27 +0000 6 <p>Memory improvement gurus promise you can use their "memory systems." Here are 8 reason why a memory method is better and how to get started fast.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Bruce Lee statue to express memory method flexibility benefitsHave you been looking for a memory method you can use to learn and remember difficult information?

I’m talking about foreign language vocabulary.

Programming codes.

Charts and diagrams.


Names of people from around the world.

And do you keep running into promises about how someone’s “memory system” will help you achieve your learning goals?

Maybe they offer you some brain exercises.

Or maybe they promise the keys to the memory improvement kingdom with a mnemonic peg system or some other list of mnemonic devices.


The BIG Problem With The Memory Systems
Of The Memory Improvement Gurus


There’s nothing wrong about checking out mnemonic examples from memory experts you admire. Except this:

Anytime anyone tells you that their “memory system” will work for you…

Cartoon to express why you should run from memory improvement gurus selling memory systems

Run away screaming!


Because memory systems don’t work!

Instead, you work the systems. And you’ll do that a lot better if you create the systems yourself (with a little authentic help from your Magnetic Memory Method friends).

It’s kind of like singing and playing the guitar. Bringing the two together is a lot easier when you wrote the song.

And the results are much more powerful.


Why A “Magnetic” Memory Method Always Outperforms
The Other Guy’s Memory System


So here’s what’s up:

On this page, I’m going to explain exactly why what you really need is a memory method  (not some other dude’s system).

And not just any old method with memory exercises and memorization techniques.

What you need is a “Magnetic” Memory Method that lets you combine all of the memory techniques available into a streamlined approach.

You don’t need all kinds of confusing terms and mnemonic examples. You need to execute your moves in one swift blow each and every time you encounter information.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

When you have this approach, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much your memory skills can grow.

Which means that the pain and frustration of forgetting information within seconds disappears.

If you’re ready, let’s dive into the 8 reasons having a memory method is the only approach that makes sense.


Reason #1:
Each Person’s Memory Is Unique And Needs A Unique Memory Method


Heart with fingerprint to show that you need a unique memory method because you are unique


Flexibility is what makes the teaching on this memory improvement blog unique.

Anyone can use the memory techniques I teach because you learn about yourself as you discover the methods so that everything fits into place quickly.

Why is figuring out how you stand so important?

A few reasons.

First, memory techniques rely upon association.

You’re taking information you don’t know and Magnetically weaving it together with things you already know.

For example, when learning some Chinese poetry, I wove the corner of a building together with some weird imagery that made it easy to recall the sound and the meaning of the phrase.

The images involved Lee jeans, a kite, E.T. (The Extraterrestrial), a burning cup of yen, Emil Zola, Che Guevara and sheep.


I Know That Sounds Like A Mouthful Of Mnemonic Examples!


But here’s the thing:

All of these images came to me freely and quickly because I have a memory method. It’s trained to be flexible, and that’s why it works so fast.

What exactly have I trained?

Speedy access to the same kinds of information each person has available to them now:


A Proper Memory Method Digs Deep Into Your Personal history


By using a flexible memory method, you can easily access a host of friends, family members, teachers, preachers and other members of your community.

I suggest listing them all out frequently. It’s a kind of memory improvement game you can play with your childhood anytime.


A Proper Memory Method Exploits Your Personal Culture


You also have your culture.

I often draw upon Canadian politicians. These are names that an international audience might not recognize, but that are deeply impressed upon in my memory. But I’m Canadian and so memorizing the Canadian Prime Ministers makes a lot of sense (maybe, lol).

Even if you’re not into politics, I’ll bet you have at least a couple local and regional figures you can bring to mind and use to make simple associations. Having them ready will help you improve your memory for studying a great deal.


Why Everything You Already Know Is Dying To Become A Memory Tool


Then there are musicians, actors and artists. These are all part of your culture. Only a flexible memory method will help you unpack them all.

Some other guy’s system? That’s probably the same guy who encourages you to memorize with a “Mind Palace” like Sherlock Holmes. (Yawn…)

Sorry, but the very suggestion that your memory can be like a fictional character’s is fraud.

How about you be you and use Sherlock Holmes as a Magnetic Bridging Figure in a well-formed Memory Palace instead?

Reality is far better than fantasy when you have a substantial memory method, that’s for sure.

You can go even deeper into your toy collection, video game collection and personal library if you wish. And I recommend that you do.

You are unique and the more you unpack all of the wealth of material already in your mind, the more you will succeed with memory improvement.

Reason #2:
A Proper Memory Method Helps You Avoid Learned Helplessness


Image of one person holding another down to illustrate learned helplessness


Perpetually on the hunt for shortcuts and memory hacks?

Totally normal.

The only problem with the perfectly understandable human desire to put the cart before the horse and succeed is that memory involves learning.

Learning takes place in time.

There is almost always a curve towards mastery that begins with initial exposure and leads to – not mastery – but the maintenance of mastery.

I don’t care if you’re Da Vinci or Jimmy Hendrix:

If you don’t maintain your skills in any area of talent, you’re going to lose them.


Why “Mastery” Is Just The Beginning Of The Memory Journey


In many ways, mastery is just the beginning of the journey.

You only truly start to understand your craft after you get good at it.

After the doors of perception open wide because you’re getting results using the memory techniques.

Because you’re creating your own mnemonic examples.

Using the real deal. Not memory techniques anyone else handed you. Techniques you crafted on your own using a method.


The Truth About Greedy Learners Hunting For “Hotel Dominic” 

Dominic O'Brien


Take Dominic O’Brien, for example.

He’s known for a lot of things. Hotel Dominic, the Dominic System, and winning multiple World Memory Championships and other competitions.

He may not agree with this assessment, but as I interpret what I’ve learned from him, he had a goal.

He learned the techniques.

He sat down and created all the figures he needed to remember numbers and cards with a highly personalized P.A.O.

How The Internet Creates Damaging Learned Helplessness


He shared some examples to get people started and serious students of memory improvement worked out the rest on their own.

Enter the Internet.

Next thing you know you’ve got thousands of people begging for his list, Ben Pridmore’s list, my lists, etc.

They want the fish, instead of learning how to fish for themselves.

Maybe I’m just jaded, but here’s the problem with giving too many mnemonic examples:

You can never create enough to solve the fundamental question of understanding the why and how we use these images based on our unique qualities and experiences.

Understanding how to tap into that rich pool of references in each person’s life (see point one above) is the ONLY thing that’s ever going to authentically help.


Use A Memory Method To Create Your Own Memory System Or Go H.O.M.E.


Otherwise, as longtime supporter Alex of this site (J.A. on YouTube) says, “Go H.O.M.E.”

It’s funny pun and paradox that mixes the acronym technique with an important message:

Huge Outcomes Means Exercising.

And to get the outcomes memory training can create for you, please exercise your mind with a proper memory method.

I know, I sound hardcore. Perhaps even dogmatic. But I’m sharing just one of several stoic secrets for using memory techniques that I know will help you faster.


How To Create Your Own 00-99 P.A.O In A Flash


Speaking of having a bunch of images for the digits 00-99, here’s all you have to do:

  1. Learn the Major Method to create your own system.
  2. Create a Magnetic Bridging Figure for each two digit number from 00-99.

Start small at first. Work from 01-10. Then 11-20 and so on. You don’t have to create them all in a single day.

  1. Use pen and paper. As Sharon did:

Sharon's 00-99 PAO for her card memory system mnemonic example


Notice that Sharon didn’t try to get it perfect the first time. Sharon just took action after taking my card memorization course in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass. (Like you should too if you want to experience incredible memory improvement fast).

Taking action is essential because:


Reason #3:
A Proper Memory Method Goes Beyond Method of Loci Training
By Creating Connection, Comprehension & Understanding


Image of a brain in a lightbulb to express having an integrated memory method


As Tony Buzan told us on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, there are multiple intelligences.

A proper memory method helps you bring them together.

Magnetic Stations replace the Method of Loci and you can add a Major System 00-99 character to each if you wish.

And as you develop one aspect of the memory method you choose, you’ll quickly discover other levels you want to learn.

Music mnemonics may come to mind. Or languages. Or philosophy.

Nothing will be out of reach as you continue to grow your skills.


Tony Buzan’s Incredible Memory Improvement Formula


Tony Buzan portraitAnd growth can be constant. In Buzan’s classic, The Memory Book, he gives this formula:

E + M = C ∞

It breaks to the idea that Energy + Memory = Creativity Eternally.

And although each of us will eventually pass on, I think he’s right about the eternal part to a degree.

After all, as long as good people like us keep the mnemonic tradition alive, it will be passed down through the generations.

And that means you and your influence truly can be eternal.

Speaking of which:


Reason #4:
A Method Based On Multiple Memory Improvement Books Involves You In A Powerful Tradition


Henna hands to express the importance of the memory tradition


Not everyone knows this about Aristotle, but he wrote a book about memory.

I wrote a commentary on it which is available with the original text in English and my commentary. In this commentary, I connect Aristotle with Plato’s thoughts on memory before him.

And then I connect the Magnetic Memory Method to more and then more and then more.

Why did I do this?

Because there’s so much untapped knowledge about creating the best memory method on earth to be found in writings about memory from the past.

In fact, the more I read the tradition, the more my memory improves. And that’s important because it translates directly into the help I can give students of the Magnetic Memory Method.

And it’s not just Aristotle. Here are some other figures from history whom you may not have known used memory methods:

  • Simonides of Ceos
  • The unknown author of Ad Herrenium
  • St. Augustine
  • Matteo Ricci
  • Giordano Bruno

And that’s to mention some interesting contemporary figures. I’ve already mentioned Dominic O’Brien and Tony Buzan, but there’s also:

  • Doctor Yip
  • Florian Delle
  • Nelson Dellis
  • Jonathan Levi
  • Alex Mullen

… plus, all the exciting things going on with technology with people like Gabriel Wyner for memory and language learning through the Fluent Forever app.

The list goes on and on, and the direct benefit is that this tradition provides an endless wealth of inspiration and new ideas.

Reason #5:
Memorization Techniques Based On Methods Create Learning Flexibility


Bruce Lee Painting expressing flexibile memory method benefits

“Be water, my friend.”

Wise words from Bruce Lee.

This principle matters for your memory improvement journey with memory techniques because information is like the wind.

And your brain is often like a brick wall.

Ever seen how the wind can pick up a tree and toss it against a building?

Suddenly that big and tough brick wall doesn’t look so tough anymore, does it?

But if it had been water, it could move out of the way and possibly even used both the tree and the wind as a tool for its own purposes.

So when you’re looking for the right memory method to help you learn and remember the information that will pass the exam or scratch that language off your bucket list, make sure it’s flexible.

No difficult information ever has to break your mind again.


Reason #6:
Brain Health Starts As An Idea You Need To Remember


Memory Improvement course store image for the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass


A lot of people are worried about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

For good reason:

Memory loss is a severe and life-destroying pain in the butt.

It doesn’t have to be a serious disease or brain trauma that drags you life down either.

Lack of focus and concentration sucks too.

And when you’re worried about these problems and the memory loss from stress they cause at work, your sleep suffers.


How To Avoid The Punishing Hell Of Poor Memory


You probably don’t focus nearly as much attention to your diet, and physical fitness as you should. As a result, things spiral further down into the hell of poor memory.

Luckily, having the right memory method can help. Not only will you perform better in your studies and at work.

You’ll also remember your to-do lists. You’ll remember which foods that improve memory you should be eating. You’ll remember the exercises you should be doing at the gym.

When you can keep your focus on all of these matters and consistently follow through, your memory will naturally experience a boost.

Reason #7:
The Right Memory Method Creates Belonging


Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers at a ThinkBuzan memory improvement and brain exercise event

Did you know there are entire communities of people who use memory techniques?

They have a special lingo. You’ve read some of the terms on this page already.

But there’s more to discuss:

  • The Roman Room
  • The Link Method
  • The Pillar Technique
  • “Ghosting”
  • The Ugly Sister Effect
  • The Telesynoptic Memory Palace

Yeah, okay, it can get a bit nerdy from time to time.


But that’s what makes it fun!


You don’t have to know all the terms. Certainly, no one is going to exclude you from the club if you don’t understand.

Far from it!

Everyone who takes their memory methods seriously will help you understand everything from The Wardrobe to the Millennial P.A.O.

Once you’re in the club, you’ll find a host of friends who share your interest in learning and remembering without the hassle of forgetting.


Why Friendships With Mnemonists Improves Your Memory


These friendships will help you find inspiration and accountability.

They’ll help you experience a sense of belonging.

They even challenge you from time to time.

They’ll help you accomplish the ultimate benefit of having a reliable memory method of all.


Reason #8:
A Life Devoted To Learning How To Memorize Reveals The Truth


Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier


The main reasons I use memory techniques and teach them so passionately come down to this:

Mnemonics saved my life.

I was depressed, about to drop out of university and intensely suicidal.

Being able to remember complex philosophical terms and make progress on learning a language gave me hope, confidence and courage.

It also enabled me to live the life of my dreams and travel the world.

It allowed me to visit the statue of Bruno in Rome many times pictured above. He was a man who died for the truth and you can hear all about in this interview with Scott Gosnell about Bruno’s powerful memory improvement book.

And as I learned about how meditation helps improve memory, I added this tool to my daily practice of mental improvement.


You Can Easily Memorize The Truthful Information
That Genuinely Improves Your Life


Later, I applied my ability to learn and remember my goals of optimizing my health (big thanks to Jonathan Levi for mentoring me on the specifics. Also on bitcoin and generally what I need to learn and remember about finances.)

And eventually, I started to use the memory techniques I’ve been honing for my personal practice and teaching to memorize Sanksrit.

There still exist ancient tomes of philosophy that contain special formulas for scrubbing the mind clean of fear, worry, doubt, and stress.

Sure, I still fall prey to these things once in awhile.

But thanks to memorizing lines from the Ribhu Gita provided by Gary Weber in Evolving Beyond Thought, I feel more aligned with reality than ever before.

The tradition is sometimes called Vedanta, or Advaita Vedanta. It’s deeply related to memory because to use the mind-cleansing tools well, you’ve got to memorize them.

I won’t go into what this philosophy helps one achieve just now.

But maybe you can relate to wanting to hold sacred knowledge in memory.

Be it religious scripture, a speech, a quote, or the entire vocabulary of a sacred language you want to commit to memory.


If You Can Remember More Things That Are True, You Can Live A Better Life


The best part of having a reliable memory method boils down to holding the truth in mind.

Holding it close.

And using the truth to live a better life.

The truth will also help you scrub out the false illusions that bind you down and keep you in ignorance.

So what do you say?

Do you think you could use a better memory method to help you reach your goals in life?

If the answer is a resounding yes, let me know in the discussion below and post your questions about making these extraordinary memory techniques work for you.

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2 Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With Olivia Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:07:58 +0000 0 <p>Looking for some fast and fun Memory Palace Exercises? Listen in as Olivia experiences the power of recovered memory for creating her first Magnetic Memory Palace Network. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">2 Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With Olivia</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With OliviaWhat if I told you that recovered memory is a skill that you can use to create a better Memory Palace Network?

And what if you had a simple autobiographical memory test you could give yourself again and again to keep improving your memory?

If that sounds interesting to you, you’re in luck.

Tap or click play now and discover:

  • Exactly how to unpack memories from your past you may have lost – and turn them into a Memory Palace Network!
  • How I memorized the dates in Walter Ong’s Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue
  • More on Lynne Kelly’s amazing account of memory and memory techniques of the Aborigines and other prehistoric groups in The Memory Code
  • The simple steps of this incredible memory training exercise you can use to help recall more from your past
  • The significance of juggling information in your mind without the aid of technology and the quest of balance in the age of computers
  • How to map out a simple Memory Palace using your elementary school
  • The right questions to ask yourself while completing this autobiographical memory and episodic memory training activity.
  • How you can benefit from these brain exercises over the long term.
  • How these kinds of memory recovery exercises can help you deal with depression in ways that improve memory
  • The importance of taking consistent action along your memory improvement journey

And that’s just the beginning!

The Profound Reasons Why You Have A Super Autobiographical Memory

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I introduced a Memory Palace training exercise with Olivia.

Olivia had a blank spot in her mind when I met her.

So I took the opportunity to teach her a quick Memory Palace training exercise that anyone can do.

It will let you experience recovered memory at a profound level that helps you learn languages.

And when you unlock all of those Memory Palaces lying dormant in your autobiographical memory…

Recovered Memory Can Become
The Most Powerful Memory Training Asset In Your World

Autobiographical and episodic memory involve personal memories from the past. However, they are not exactly the same.

If you’re interested in improving your episodic memory, check out the links in the resources section below.

You can also watch this video version of the session with Olivia: 


The Truth About Your Magnetic Repressed Memory Symptoms

Okay, okay, I’m being a bit dramatic.

But having worked with thousands of people over the years, I’ve noticed something.

People are afraid to use Memory Palaces.

I call this fear “Memory Palace Scarcity.”

When so many people around the world just want to remember what they learn…

Only to get hung up on not having enough Memory Palaces…

Well, then, yes! I do think this problem counts as “repressed memory.”

You see, many people are chasing after a solid flashbulb memory definition.

The True Path To So-Called FlashBulb Memory

That search will never end unless you create multiple Memory Palaces and Dive in to the exercise I gave Olivia on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

It’s powerful because it completely eliminates Memory Palace Scarcity.

Kind of the same way using The Freedom Journal for language learning keeps you focused on making the most out of your time.

Give the quick autobiographical Memory Palace training exercises you’ll learn on this episode a try.

This process will improve your practice in creating and finding more Memory Palaces.

But you’ve got to use them for the future as well as the path.

Sure, the exercises you’ll learn will help you recover some of your past.

But the most important element is how you use your Magnetic Memory Palace Network to easily learn and remember information for the future.

How Accurate Are Your Memories?

I hope that Olivia’s openness to learning about brain exercises and the Memory Palace exercise I gave her inspires you to dive deeper into your autobiographical memory.

I’m confident too that you’ll be amazed by how learning more about your episodic memory helps you on your journey to remembering numbers, facts and vocabulary.

They are truly all intertwined.

And from there, you just need to give yourself simple memory tests. 

Oh, and if you’re a parent, combine this episode with these memory improvement techniques for kids.

Let me know in the comments below how you fare!

Oh, and if you haven’t got this yet:

Free Memory Palace Training Magnetic Memory Method

… don’t you think you should?

It will be useful for you if you master the basic foundations and fundamentals of creating Memory Palaces to make the most out of it.

Further Memory Improvement Resources:

Episodic Memory And How To Improve It: A Step-By-Step Training Guide

The Memory Code: Prehistoric Memory Techniques You Can Use Now

How to Find Memory Palaces

Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue by Walter Ong

3 Shocking Ways Smartphone Addiction Erodes Your Brain And Memory

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How Jessie Villalobos Got A Promotion – Magnetic Memory Method Review Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:11:41 +0000 0 <p>Looking for an extensive Magnetic Memory Method review? Listen to Jesse Villalobos show you how he got a raise and promotion by using the Magnetic Memory Method. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How Jessie Villalobos Got A Promotion – Magnetic Memory Method Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Jesse Villalobos Magnetic Memory Method Review and Testimonial

This is perhaps the best Magnetic Memory Method Review online so far:

“The more you try it, the better you do. Every attempt is incrementally better than the last time.”

-Jesse Villalobos

Since constant improvement is what the memory method taught on this website is all about, I was delighted to hear these words from one of our course participants.

Even better:
In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you can hear them directly from Jesse Villalobos too.  

Scroll up and click play. Listen in we talk about:

  • How Jesse based his PAO system on the Major Method for remembering numbers…
  • Jesse’s Magnetic Journey using the PAO system (Person Action Object)…
  • How Jesse used this approach to get a raise and a promotion at his job!

Of the many tips you’ll discover, here’s one of the most important points:

Jesse keeps listening to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast for motivation week after week. Yes, even though he completed the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.

This point is important. Jesse’s approach combines a solid study ethic and continually feeding himself with ideas and inspiration.

And when Jesse started, he was serious about getting results. He wanted to get really good at memorizing numbers.

His success secret?

Taking action!

It’s not just about learning about memory techniques. It’s about applying them in meaningful ways one S.I.P. at a time:


Study memory techniques

Implement memory techniques

Practice memory techniques with information that improves your life

It’s this approach that helped Jesse get the mastery over the Person Action Object and Major Method that he wanted.

Aside from remembering numbers, Jesse also learned how to remember names and faces. This skill provided other unexpected benefits from memory training that Jesse hadn’t even anticipated!

If you’ve been looking for an extra bit of insight about how the Magnetic Memory Method can help you, try Jessie’s advice:

Just dive into learning and using memory techniques.

Download this episode and learn from Jesse’s experiences and insights. You’ll learn exactly how improving his memory has helped his personal confidence and well-being.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How memory techniques help Jesse in his work. It involves remembering a lot of numbers.
  • Why using memory techniques is an “out of body experience.”
  • Jesse’s feeling about how he gains more energy than he burns using memory strategies.
  • Examples of a well-functioning Person-Action-Object system to memorize numbers based on the Major Method.
  • The process of how Jesse created his Magnetic Memory Palace Network and how it all works in detail.
  • The importance of drawing your Memory Palaces for total success.
  • How Jesse handles problems with ghosting or the Ugly Sister Effect.
  • How Jesse discovered the Magnetic Memory Method and what it has brought to him both personally and professionally.
  • How Jesse got a raise and promotion. By demonstrating competence, his co-workers started perceiving him as an expert thanks to Magnetic Memory Palaces and memory techniques.
  • A family-related memory issue that encourages Jessie to keep his mind active.
  • The positive influence of listening to Magnetic Memory Method Podcast over time.
  • Jesse’s perspective on avoiding perfectionism.
  • Other memory improvement books and courses that really impacted Jesse. 

Do you have questions about how the Magnetic Memory Method can help you perform better at your work?

Do you want more answers to your questions about mnemonics?

If so, please dive into the episode and learn more about how you can get on a call with me. If you want me to help you transform into a walking, talking mnemonics dictionary, I’d like to help.


Further Memory Improvement Resources:


Harry Lorayne

Get Good At Remembering Numbers

How to Memorize Numbers With A PAO System [Person Action Object]

Major System Secrets And The Future Of Your Memory With Florian Dellé


Want More Magnetic Memory Method
Reviews and Testimonials? 


Lee Escobar’s Magnetic Memory Method Review and Testimonial

Paul Deery’s Memory Improvement Demonstration and Magnetic Memory Method Review

The Magnetic Memory Method Testimonials and Reviews Page

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How to Improve Memory for Studying (7 Powerful Tips) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:46:28 +0000 4 <p>Want to know how to improve your memory for studying? From the Memory Palace technique to the Major System and acronyms, these 7 ways will help you learn more faster.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Improve Memory for Studying (7 Powerful Tips)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Improve Memory For Studying Magnetic Memory Method Blog image with a frustrated studentDo you want to know how to improve your memory for studying?

Who doesn’t?

After all, it’s the 21st century and there’s so much to learn!


There’s too much to study in too little time – especially before an exam.

But it’s not just a time issue.

It’s not just an issue of volume when it comes to so many books and videos to consume.

The core of the problem isn’t any of those things.

The core of the problem is memory…

The things that your brain just can’t memorize no matter how many times you repeat them.


Because you don’t have a strategy for managing your learning and memory.

But don’t worry!

In this article, I will show you seven powerful techniques to help you remember anything you have to study. You’ll learn everything far more easily – facts, dates, formulae, equations, whatever.

These techniques will make it far easier for you to ace your next exam.

Let’s dive in.

1. The Memory Palace (The Top Recommendation)


Want just one simple method that helps improve memory for studying?

Look no further than the Memory Palace.

Memory champions and experts all agree that it’s the most effective method to remember anything at all. In fact, one expert used the technique to memorize the value of Pi till nearly 112,000 digits.

This memory technique was developed in Ancient Greece. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Method of Loci’ or ‘Cicero Method.’ You might also hear it called the ‘Roman Room’ or the ‘Journey Method’.

Although there are many variations, here’s the core of how it all works.

With the Memory Palace technique, you associate each piece of information you want to memorize with parts of a location that you are very familiar with – such as your house or your school campus.


Why “Method of Loci” Memory Technique Is Too Vague…


In the Magnetic Memory Method, we don’t use the term “loci.” It’s too vague.

Instead, we work with Magnetic Stations. On these stations we place our Magnetic Imagery.

For instance, if you wanted to remember a number of important dates about the Second World War, you could ‘file them’ in your medicine cabinet.

Or, better said, “Magnetize” them in place. Associating each bit of information with a physical object within a familiar space helps the brain store the information.

More than just store it, your brain stores the study material systematically and retrieves it easily when needed.

Just make sure to draw your Memory Palace first for the best results. Like this:

Memory Palace by Anthony Metivier

Seriously go ahead and draw your Memory Palaces. Once you know the strategy behind why Magnetic Memory Palaces serve better than the rest, each one should take 2-5 minutes (or less).

The best part?

You can use this memory retention technique to remember complex terminology, numbers, formulae – anything at all.

If you are not a ‘visual’ person, you can still use the technique.

You can also associate pieces of information with sounds, smells, touch – various sensory elements within the location. You do this by using the full range of the Magnetic Modes taught right here in this special infographic:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation


Probably the biggest strength of the Memory Palace technique is that you can combine it with other mnemonic methods to improve your long-term memory. I will show you a few examples of how to do this in the following sections.

To learn about the Memory Palace and what the Magnetic Memory Method brings to the game in more detail, check out this article.

2. Acronyms to Improve Memory for Studying


Acronyms are the most commonly used memory technique and are great for remembering short lists or sequences.

You have probably learned ‘PEMDAS’ in school – a sequence for solving equations. It stands for Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction.

Another common acronym to help you remember a geographical list of names is HOMES, which is used to remember the Great Lakes – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

Here’s a simple tip to create your own acronyms for remembering things better.

According to the Cambridge dictionary, acronyms are constructed with the first letter of each constituent word and they actually sound like words. That’s what makes them easy to remember.

We also use acronyms in the Magnetic Memory Method training, such us:


Doing is the Origin of Consistency

Doing is the Origin of Creativity

Doing is the Origin of Courage

Doing is the Origin of Clarity

Doing is the Origin of Control

To get into the “doing” of memory techniques that ultimately leads to control over your memory, all you have to do is S.I.P.:

Study memory techniques

Implement memory techniques

Practice memory techniques with information that improves your life

And as you saw in the infographic above, COG KAV helps us remember all the Magnetic Modes:

  • Conceptual
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Auditory
  • Visual

And let’s not forget the Magnetic Mode of space. That’s the Memory Palace itself.

But moving from these examples of acronyms, let’s get back to the technique of using them.

You might be wondering…

What do you do if the first letters don’t form a ‘word,’ because of a lack of vowels in the middle or any other reason?

Forget the definition and get creative.

Try changing the word sequence or using the second or the last letter instead of the first. If there is no vowel, pick up a second letter from a word. A common example is AWOL (Absent Without Leave.)

If you like acronyms, try combining them with the Memory Palace technique. Since each acronym is a word, it’s easy to associate them with a specific object or location in your house. That will make it even easier to remember.

3. Spaced Repetition for Memory Improvement


Here’s a well-known fact about memory – the more you reinforce something, the easier it becomes for your brain to recall it.

However, to improve memory for studying, when you reinforce something is far more important than how often you reinforce it. Sisti, Glass and Shors called this phenomenon the ‘spacing effect.’

In the spaced repetition method, you practice remembering at the right time. The simplest way to apply this memory method is to use flashcards when you study.

While going through your flashcards, divide them into three bundles. If you remember something clearly, those cards go into the ‘Easy’ pile. You don’t have to study those flashcards again for a week or two.

If you moderately remember something, keep it in the ‘Medium’ pile and revisit it after a few hours or a day. And if you cannot remember something at all, place it in ‘Hard’ and study  it again within the next 10 minutes.

Simple, and yet effective! At least… lot more effective than spaced-repetition software.

And if you’re in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass, you’ll know how to combine the cards with the Memory Palace.

In brief: Anytime you have words that are ‘Medium’ or ‘Hard’, include them in a Memory Palace.

Then, use all of the Magnetic Modes to create Magnetic Imagery that helps you remember the target information. That will make the information on your cards far easier to recall.

4. The Major Method for Memory Improvement


Want an effortless way to remember numbers for studying –  in history, maths, physics, etc.?

Use the Major Method, also called the Major System or Harry Lorayne’s Number Mnemonics. Geeks also call it the phonetic mnemonic system and digit-consonant system.

Quite a mouthful! So, let’s just stick with the ‘ Major Method’! ☺

Here’s how it works.

In the Major Method, you associate each number with a sound, typically, a consonant. Here’s the system most people follow:

0 = soft c, s or z

1 = d, t

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

2 = n

3 = m

4 = r

5 = l

6 = ch, j or sh

7 = k

8 = f or v

9 = b or p

Magnetic Memory Method Image of a Nun for the Major System (or Major Method)

The first step is to memorize these associations between numbers and letters. Then use these associations to form words from numbers.

For instance, 22 could be “nun” (n+n)


54 could be “liar” (l+r). Personally, I think of Jim Carrey in the movie “Liar Liar” with a lyre to help make it even more memorable.

To remember longer sequences of numbers, you need to combine the sounds you have made. If you want to remember the number 2254, you could visualize a nun punching Jim Carrey for lying!

Make the image as animated and ridiculous as possible, and it will stick in your mind!

If you can, create a fixed image for every number from 0 to 99. That will make it easier to combine them to remember longer sequences of numbers used in mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering.

If that sounds like a lot to you, just associate a fixed object for each number from 0-9.

If you want to take the Major Method further, check out this article about how to combine it with the Memory Palace Technique.

5. Improve Your Focus to Improve your Memory


How often do you get interrupted when you study?

Texts, app notifications, YouTube, Netflix or just a noisy room – students face dozens of distractions and interruptions every single hour.

These factors make it close to impossible for you to reach a high level of concentration – which is terrible news if you are trying to improve memory for studying.

Researchers from MIT have found that it’s  easier to form a long-term memory when your mind pays close attention to a task. You will have to minimize distractions from devices or people around you if you wish to remember things better.

Here are a few ways:

  1. Mute all notifications when you study. If you have an iPhone, just activating the ‘Do not disturb’ mode will do the trick.
  2. Try to isolate yourself from people you know while studying. Go to a library or a café where you won’t be disturbed.
  3. Practice meditation for just a few minutes a day. Research (Maclean et al. 2010) has indicated that just basic meditation helps us focus far better. You can learn to meditate in only a few minutes from this article.
  4. Use app blockers like to block YouTube and other distracting sites while studying.
  5. Work on one topic at a time and avoid multitasking and switching tasks.

6. Lifestyle Changes to Improve Memory for Studying


Your lifestyle – your food, sleep and activity levels have a significant impact on your memory.


Most students try to gain more time to study by skipping out on adequate sleep. It just makes things worse because lack of sleep affects memory as well as several other cognitive  abilities.

Several studies by Diekelmann and Born have shown that sleep helps in procedural memory formation, learning and creativity. In fact, sleep deprivation can even make you remember things incorrectly.

Eight hours is ideal, but at least make sure you get seven hours of sleep every night.

And don’t fall for the idea that binaural beats will help you improve your memory while sleeping. Chances are that will just make you tired and forgetful.

Memory Destroying Foods - and What To Eat Instead

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Foods abundant in saturated fats and trans fats such as red meat, butter, etc. are quite damaging to learning and memory. Students also tend to eat a lot of junk food (especially during exam time) which are worse for your brain.

Numerous studies have shown that these foods can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the long-term and other conditions that damage brain health and cause memory loss.

 Instead, to improve your memory power for learning, try to have more of fish, olive oil, whole grains, walnuts, blueberries. There are also other foods that fall in the ‘Mediterranean diet’ that are excellent for your brain.


Exercise is well known to improve cognitive performance in several ways such as improved mood, better concentration, more alertness, etc.

So, it’s naturally very effective for improving memory. Exercise also causes the release of a protein called cathepsin B in the brain. This stimulates the growth of neurons (brain cells) and forms additional connections in the hippocampus – an area of the brain vital to learning and long-term memory.

7. Recall Before Writing


Teachers encourage us to write things down to remember things better. Adding a couple of steps to this process can make a vast difference to your ability to learn and memorize things quickly – especially before an exam.

First, recall and mentally repeat what you have to write down rather than just copy it mechanically. You can even use movies and TV series as I discuss in how to improve memory using these tools

This process isn’t difficult to do because the information will stay in your short-term memory for around 10-20 seconds if you have paid attention. And mentally recalling it right then it an excellent way of transferring it from your working memory (short-term memory) to your long-term memory.

Next, take a few seconds to store that piece of information in your Memory Palace. That will consolidate that memory even further.


Are You Inspired To Try These Memory Techniques?


Out of all these techniques, the Memory Palace happens to be the most effective and versatile method. You can easily combine it with other techniques to build an excellent memory. To learn the Magnetic Memory Method at no charge, get started by enrolling for my Memory Palace Mastery in 8 Steps Course:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

And let me know in the comments below:

Which of these ways to improve memory for studying are you going to try today?

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Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter? Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:36:02 +0000 0 <p>Have you heard that binaural beats help improve memory? The truth is that music really can help improve your memory. But the truth about binaural beats for memory may shock you.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Binaural Beats and Memory Improvement Magnetic Memory Method PodcastIt’s a popular perception among many people that listening to binaural beats has a special effect on the brain.

They think binaural beats can help you follow a diet or stop smoking.

Or they think these sounds can amp you up for a competition or calm you down, or even improve memory recall, focus and concentration.

The question is…

Doesn’t listening to any type of relaxing music have a similar effect?


In this post, we’ll find out if listening to specific frequencies can have a better impact on your mental prowess than listening to Mozart for Pink Floyd!

What Are Binaural Beats?


The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears.”

The process works by sending a slightly different sound frequency to each ear. This has to be done simultaneously and through earphones or headphones.

When two different pure tones are presented separately but simultaneously to each ear of a listener, the listener hears the illusion of a third tone.

This third does “appears” in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. And it is this third tone that is called a binaural beat.

Let’s break this down:

When you play a 350 Hertz (Hz) tone in the left ear and a 360 Hertz tone in the right, it yields a beat with a frequency of 10 Hertz. This third beat is the binaural beat.

The brain then uses a process known as ‘frequency following response’ to follow along at the new frequency (10 Hz). This process produces brainwaves at that rate of Hertz.  

However, this outcome (apparently) occurs only if the the difference matches the alpha frequency range that lies between 7-11 Hz.

Music or white noise embedded with binaural beats is very often used along with different meditation techniques and positive affirmations to gain varying results.

In the memory training and memory improvement world, some claim you will experience results ranging from improvement in recall, concentration, focus, creativity and alertness.

There is more:

Listening to these beats is also said to provide relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, and improved sleep quality.


Who Heard Them First?
A Brief History of Binaural Beats


Binaural beats were first described in 1839 by Prussian scientist H.W. Dove.

However, it was Gerald Oster’s article in Scientific American in 1973 that brought this process to modern attention.

According to Oster, the tones needed to produce binaural beats had to be relatively low-frequency and the beats themselves were in the range of one to 30 hertz. This is the range the human brainwave frequencies fall in.

What to know the real story?

Humans have the ability to “hear” binaural beats as a result of evolutionary adaptation.

“Many evolved species can detect binaural beats because of their brain structure. The frequencies at which binaural beats can be detected change depending upon the size of the species’ cranium. In the human, binaural beats can be detected when carrier waves are below approximately 1000 Hz.” (Oster, 1973)


The Binaural Process In Real Music


Of course, binaural beats in terms of therapy is quite different than the binaural process found in music. This process was apparently invented by Manfred Shunke who used models of the human head created with the help of computer design software.

As music historian Rob Bowman wrote in the notes for Lou Reed’s Between Thought and Expression:

“The detail was as precise as possible down to the size, shape, and bone structure of the ear and ear canal. Microphones were then designed to fit each ear so, theoretically, what they recorded would be exactly what a human sitting in the position the head was placed would actually hear.”

Binaural Beats To Manage Pain:
Why The Truth Matters For Your Memory


Chronic pain impacts between 10-50% of the adult population, while costing U.S. businesses over $61 billion annually.  

The neuromatrix theory suggests that the brain’s inability to return to a state of equilibrium is at the crux of chronic pain (Melzack, 2001; Melzack, 2005).

Binaural beats has been effective in synchronizing brain waves, also known as entrainment, with an external stimulus (Kennel, Taylor Lyon, & Bourguignon, 2010), and has been associated with a number of positive psychological outcomes (David, Katz, & Naftali, 2010; Lane, Kasian, Owens, & Marsh, 1998).

Research shows that an external audio protocol of theta-binaural beats is effective at reducing perceived change in pain severity.

How does this affect your memory?

The answer is simple:

Pain free people pay better attention to their surroundings.

Freedom from pain means that your levels of focus and concentration are automatically better than when impacted by ongoing or recurrent pain.

Being pain free is especially important for learning, something that requires high levels of concentration.

Kind of like crossword puzzles require high levels of concentration (not that there is much evidence they will improve your memory).

Speaking of which:

Do Gamma Brain Waves Improve Memory & Concentration?


The highest frequency brain waves are apparently called gamma waves. These waves can have a frequency of anywhere between 25 and 100 Hz.

People whose brains produce more gamma waves are said to have greater ability to concentrate, focus and experience higher levels of cognition.

A recent study by Jirakittayakorn and Wongsawat tried to find whether “modulation of the brain activity can lead to manipulation of cognitive functions. The stimulus used in this study was 40-Hz binaural beat because binaural beat induces frequency following response.”

According to the study, listening to 40-Hz binaural beat for 20 minutes enhanced working memory function evaluated by word list recall task.

Does that mean we can change our brainwave patterns by listening to specific sounds?


But also maybe not!

A research project by Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist, found that the brainwaves of trained monks who regularly engaged in meditation produced powerful Gamma waves. Whereas the control group – with non-meditating volunteers – had little to no gamma brain waves.

What does this fact imply?

One way to improve concentration is to go Buddha style and practice long-term or short-term meditation.

Within a week of consistent meditation, you can start to experience improved concentration. So long as you’re not letting binaural beats combined with smartphone addiction get in the way.

Meditation can be used to remember something because better concentration has a direct link to improved memory.

But Can Binaural Beats Help Memory?


Not in theory or practice according to a research article by David Siever in 2009 called Entraining Tones and Binaural Beats.

But before we go any further, the actual claims are important to look at.

So let’s take a step back and try understand how binaural beats work.

The proponents of binaural beats claim that it induces brainwave “entrainment.”

This entrainment supposedly influences and drives brainwave activity to a more desired mental state.

More specifically, entrainment is a “synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles” and the process of brainwave entrainment relies on the natural phenomena of synchronization.  

Think of it like this:

When you strike a tuning fork and then place another one next to it, the second tuning fork automatically starts to vibrate at the same frequency.

This is a natural synchronization. Pendulum clocks, metronomes, fireflies are few other examples of natural synchronization.

However, Siever states that entrainment occurs only when a constant and repetitive sound of sufficient strength to “excite” the thalamus is present.

Siever also noted that binaural beats are not very noticeable because the modulation depth (the difference between loud and quiet) is very small at just 3db, a 2 to 1 ratio.

Here’s a longer quote:

“This means that binaural beats are unlikely to produce any significant entrainment because they don’t activate the thalamus. But they do have some hypnotic and relaxing effect by way of dissociation (as does white noise and music).

This outcome may be, in part, due to the Ganzfeld effect. The Ganzfeld effect is the process where the mind quietens as a result of having a monotonous sensory input.

A natural example of the Ganzfeld effect may be experienced while sitting in a large field in the country while staring into the wide, blue sky.  While sitting there, imagine listening to the white noise from the fluttering of leaves on the trees – away from the noise and other stimulation of urban life.

In other words, thanks to the Ganzfeld effect, binaural beats, through passive means, may help a person relax.

If, in theory binaural beats do not produce entrainment, do they produce entrainment and drive brainwaves in reality? The simple answer is NO!”

It’s not just Siever!

In another study, Gerald Oster used an EEG oscilloscope to conclude that binaural beats produce very small evoked potentials within the auditory cortex of the brain.

What does this?

It means that binaural beats are of little benefit in producing AE or auditory entrainment. (Oster, G. (1973). Auditory beats in the brain. Scientific American)

Researcher Dale S. Foster also found that binaural beats in the alpha frequency produced no more alpha brainwaves than listening to a surf sound.

Here’s Foster’s conclusion:

“The analysis of variance of the data revealed that there were no significant differences in alpha production either within sessions across conditions or across sessions.

Although alpha production was observed to increase in the binaural-beats condition early in some sessions, a tendency was observed for the subjects to move through alpha into desynchronized theta, indicating light sleep.

Subjective reports of “dozing off” corroborated these observations. These periods of light sleep — almost devoid of alpha — affected the average alpha ratios.”


A More Effective Way To Gain Mental Prowess


The beauty of the human brains is that it needs a goal to improve.

Your memory improvement training should always be linked to memorizing information that will immediately improve your life. 4x Australian memory champion Tansel Ali agrees.

Moreover, the memory improvement activities should always be measurable since tracking your outcomes leads to rapid improvement.

This is where the secret method of building Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way comes into play.

Using this Method, you not only get to remember the information faster, but also get predictable and reliable permanence that grows in strength each time.

Even better:

All other memory techniques including listening to binaural beats can be used inside of Memory Palaces.

But this never takes place the other way around (For example, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.)

If you are looking for a complete brain workout try this brain fitness method…

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

You can also see more Unconventional Techniques Guaranteed To Help You Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas.

The Ultimate Memory Improvement Beats?
Listen to Music That Inspires!


Use sound beats or music as a means of relaxation, rejuvenation or inspiration.

When you feel relaxed and inspired you can create effective Magnetic Imagery that will enable you to build better Memory Palaces to improve recall, retention and memory.

Now is that music to your ears, or what?

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3 Effective Brain Training Exercises for Mental Illness Sufferers Wed, 23 May 2018 05:48:40 +0000 0 <p>Brain training exercises are for everyone, including those suffering from mental illness. Alex Moore created this post based on his experience to share with the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast fans. Be sure to check the video for 4 more brain exercises!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Effective Brain Training Exercises for Mental Illness Sufferers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Alex Moore Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Brain training exercise for mental illness sufferersThis guest post on effective brain training exercises for mental illness sufferers comes from Alex Moore. 

Take it away, Alex!

Would you like some brain training exercises to keep you sharp and on top of your game all the time?

I hope the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Here’s why:

Conditions such as mental illness and aging contribute to mental decay.

All the more so if you’re already suffering from mental illness, not to mention the medicinal side effects of psychiatric medicine. These medicines, even when useful, can cause your memory a lot of harm.

Here’s the good news:

Losing control over your cognitive functions can be hard, but it doesn’t need to happen. There is a way to avoid cognitive decline, and all it involves is training your mind.

In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about brain training exercises to help keep your memory healthy.


All About Brain Training


Although many people believe that brain training is a modern invention, it actually has a rich history. To take one example, check out the brain training exercises admired by the Edwardians nearly 100 years ago.

In fact, mnemonic systems were all the rage in 19th century Great Britain. Famous author Mark Twain even had one called “The Memory Builder”.

Then there’s Pelmanism.

Like the brain exercise training favored by the Edwardians, Pelmanism is a product of Great Britain, and became very popular during the first half of the 20th century.

Get this:

More than 500,000 people reportedly used it, and one of them was the Prime Minister of the country himself!

Why was it so popular?

First, the system revolutionized brain training because it targeted the same mental functions we focus on optimizing to this day:

  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • Creativity

The Pelman Scientific Mind Training Program focused on each of these to help people exercise their minds. Participants were mailed monthly booklets with games and exercises designed specifically to stimulate one or more of these functions.

All of which goes to show that brain training isn’t new. And of course, Anthony is always coming up with different brain exercises you can explore. Check these out:

Even better:

We have even more scientific evidence than ever to guide us these days. Modern neuroscience has managed to prove beyond any shred of doubt that our brains are in fact malleable like plastic.

In fact, we all have to ability to modify the structure and functions of our brains.

Of course, a lot depends on the internal and external factors of our lives, such as other bodily processes or environmental changes. But overall, every single person can intervene and create a better mental life.

Sadly, though, cognitive decline is becoming increasingly common past the age of 30. One reason is that people don’t understand the difference between memory loss and forgetfulness.

Nevertheless, slowing down the aging of our brain through training is a prospect that fills us with hope. And research shows that it’s completely achievable.

However, if having a sharper memory is something you aim for, you need to know right now that it takes work.

In order to remain in a constant state of connectedness regardless of whether you’re 30, 50 or 80 years old, you need to push your mind to learn something new each day. There is nothing more stimulating for your synapses than being put at work.

In turn, this leads to tangible improvement in more than one aspect.

For example, according to Dr. Jee Hyun Kim of the Florey Institute, focus diminishes with age.

Due to this deterioration of focus, stimulating your attention regularly can be crucial. By activating the frontal cortex and the hippocampus, you are not working only on this function, but on your memory and thought as well.


How Brain Training Can Increase Focus And Attention

There are many ways to achieve better focus and attention. One possibility lies in a simple, yet intellectually stimulating mobile app.

Similarly, reading new books, especially with a re-reading strategy, or solving math and logic problems puts all the areas of your brain to work and boosts cognition in the process.

Then there’s meditation. You can do a walking meditation or sit just to sit Buddha-style for improved memory and concentration.

And recent studies that will be discussed shortly suggest that it might even help treat mental illness.


Treating Mental Illness With Brain Training Exercises

Let me give you some context:

I have spent the last couple of years researching alternative treatments for mental conditions that affect memory and cognition.

Why did I choose this path?

Well, three years ago, someone I care about deeply was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I have spent all my days since trying to educate myself on the topic as much as possible.

In my journey, I have found that many specialists believe that brain training can help prevent degenerative neural diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

And that’s not all. In fact, such practices can help with instances of mental illness as well. This comes as great news for the vast community of patients struggling with such afflictions.

Recent medical science-related endeavors back up this seemingly bold claim. A study conducted at McLean hospital in 2017 has uncovered the potentially beneficial results of brain training in the treatment of mental illness, namely bipolar disorder in particular.

The lead scientist was Eve Lewandowski, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and developer of McLean’s bipolar disorder and schizophrenia programs.

According toLewandowski, BPD affects the memory, processing speed and executive function of most of the patients who suffer from it. This impacts their daily existence and overall quality of life quite negatively.

Therefore, working on improving cognitive dysfunctions is crucial for symptom relief in this case. And what better way to achieve that than through brain training? Lewandowski’s research found that the participants who used techniques pertaining to this area exhibited visible betterment that was maintained for at least six months afterward, if not more.

She got the idea after noticing how effective this approach was in keeping the symptoms of even more serious conditions such as schizophrenia under wraps.

People going through the four stages of schizophrenia have exhibited visible improvement in their symptoms after cognitive therapy.

In fact, previous trials conducted under the supervision of professor Barbara Sahakian of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge have shown that something as simple as playing brain-stimulating mobile games improves cognition among schizophrenia patients. And it helps in areas where drugs have previously failed, which is even more important to keep in mind.

Just imagine how beneficial the effects could be if this would be tried in the long run. Lewandowski and her colleagues support the importance of acknowledging brain training as a viable treatment for mental illness. Modern psychiatry should recognize its merits and integrate it into the roster of available therapies.

But until that happens, you can also try doing at home. To tap into the healing properties of this approach, you don’t need to download a mobile app or buy fancy books and puzzles to keep your mind sharp. There are plenty of mental techniques that you can try at home and see how they work out for you. Here are the best three.


The Best Brain Exercise Techniques


1. Memory Palace

If you’re looking to train your memory specifically, Anthony Metivier’s approach to the ‘Memory Palace’ technique is one of the best to get the job done.

Famous historical and fictional figures alike, such as Hannibal Lecter from the renowned Silence of the Lambs book and film series are perfect examples of how this works.

Association is the key to creating your own memory palace to walk around in whenever you need to retrieve certain pieces of information.

When these have been assimilated long ago, you need to correlate each of them with a specific part of a location. A good starting point is your own house because it is familiar territory. For best results, draw out the floorplan of your first Memory Palace by hand. Like this:

But before you start drawing, walk around your house first.

Then,  once your’e done, assign various memories to various rooms.

To take it one step further, do the same thing but using objects within the same space. Fill your memory palace with everything you think is worth remembering, but make sure that you build a strong mental route in the process.

When the time to remember he information comes, simply retrace your steps along that path. It will take some getting used to, and you will surely fumble at first. Nobody is born an expert, and when you’re dealing with cognition-impairing mental illness, it might be even harder. But practice makes perfect, and it keeps your mind sharp too.

Of course, things might not be as simple or straightforward. Sometimes, direct associations simply aren’t possible. This is where your imagination and the ability to create allegories comes in.

For example, let’s imagine you want to remember something that has to do with a dandelion, a hose, and a Calico cat.

You are standing in your living room and there is a dandelion on the table. You go up the stairs, towards your bedroom. A hose is hanging on the door.

You enter, and the most adorable Calico cat is sleeping on your bed, purring. You have now memorized this sequence by simply making associations between its elements and actual, palpable places in your house.

2. Mind Mapping

The concept of mind mapping is a slightly similar one, but it is far more schematic and two-dimensional. In fact, it consists of a visual outline that starts with one core concept and then branches out into information that relates to it.

Some people prefer to do this on paper because they find it stimulates their assimilation of the notions even better.

Such a diagram can represent anything, from words and concepts to more specialized information such as tasks that need accomplishing.

And if you’re not a fan of writing it all out, you’ll be happy to find out that it can be used in combination with the Memory Palace technique. The two have a very strong meeting point between them.

In fact, you can listen to Phil Chambers discuss using mind maps and Memory Palaces together.

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Chambers, a world mind mapping expert, mind maps serve even more complex purposes. A mind map follows all the principles of memory, but it also helps you think. But memory palaces are better for actually remembering information, while mind maps are more suitable for processing and understanding it.

Anthony Metivier with Phil Chambers, World Mind Map Champion

The two are sometimes useless when not together. For this reason, finding a middle ground that includes mind maps into your memory palace can be a great way to stay sharp and on top of your game. Furthermore, together they stimulate more essential areas of the brain, thus preventing premature decay.

3. Dominic System

The Dominic mnemonic system is one of the most famous brain training techniques in the world. It was designed by famous British mnemonist Dominic O’Brien, who also happens to be an eight-time World Memory champion. Most brain athletes use it nowadays to memorize long strings of digits for competitions. So, why is it so effective?

Dominic O'Brien

Just like the Major system associates numbers with sounds, the Dominic system notoriously does a similar thing by assigning them the initials of a person’s name. It’s a highly effective person-action system that can be combined with the memory palace technique, thus creating the Hotel Dominic, as many experts lovingly call it.

But O’Brien’s contribution to the world of brain training doesn’t stop here. He also famously established that the strategical recalling of information following a five-step pattern is the best way to cement said information in your brain. This should happen in the following order:

• The first review takes place immediately;
• The second review follows it 24 hours later;
• The third review then happens one week later;
• One month later comes the fourth review;
• And finally, the fifth review occurs a total of three months later.

Thus, in the span of roughly four to five months, you will be able to remember anything.

By sticking to this routine, you will be able to fight the cognitive decay that many mental illnesses bring, too. When your schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are playing tricks on your mind, relying on a strict pattern to memorize relevant information can be a true lifesaver.


Final Thoughts


To sum up, it must be noted that medical science is just now starting to look more into the beneficial effects of brain training. Cognitive dysfunction can be caused by many things. These range from something as naturally occurring as old age to more complex issues such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Fortunately, practicing one or more of the three techniques discussed above can be beneficial. It is something that can help you refocus and even excel when it comes to memory and thought patterns. As a short recap, these are:

• The Memory Palace.

This famous approach is based on making associations between physical locations and various pieces of information. The best way to build the memory palace is by correlating them with specific spots around your home. The familiarity of the territory is prolific for this purpose.

• Mind mapping. It consists of a series of diagrams that represent two-dimensional connections between concepts. Creating mental maps works best when used in combination with the memory palace. This activates more areas of the brain than the two would alone, thus preventing decay and enhancing performance.

• The Dominic system. Focused on numbers, the Dominic system heavily relies on the connection between these and letters. These usually are the initials of someone’s name. When used together with the memory palace technique, it is known as the Hotel Dominic.

As it has been established, the three techniques are equally efficient standalone as they are when combined. In order to choose what suits your needs, you will need to try them. Presentations and explanations can only do so much.

Nevertheless, having this knowledge is essential for the future. If you or someone you love, as it happened in my case, are slipping down the slope of mental illness, take action now. Explore the possibilities given by brain training and build a better tomorrow.

About Alex Moore

Alex is a Psychology undergraduate who strives to discover the intricacies of the minds of the mentally ill, with the ultimate goal of helping them and those around them. When he’s not writing about the efficiency of memory improvement techniques, you’ll find him contributing to

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Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain Wed, 02 May 2018 09:56:45 +0000 6 <p>Bilingualism is said to enhance your better problem-solving abilities, and improve your concentration and focus. That's the focus on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, including the pitfalls you'll want to avoid.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Bilingualism Magnetic Memory Method PodcastAre you a polyglot?

No, I don’t mean a ghost that walks around the attic making loud noises and moving objects. That’s a poltergeist!

A polyglot, on the other hand, is a more tame individual who is fluent in several languages.

Then there are the hyperpolyglots – those who actively learn and master six or more languages, like Emil Krebs, a 19th-century German diplomat who had mastered around 65 languages by the time of his death.

While only 1 percent of people are polyglots; more than half of the world’s population is bilingual (those who speak fluently in two languages).

Being bilingual (or multilingual) is said to enhance your better problem-solving abilities, and improve your concentration and focus.

These are valuable resources in everyone’s life! And reason enough to start learning a new language.

If you are geared to pick up a new language or just want to get better in your mother tongue, use these five amazing hacks:

And while you practice your German or French, ask yourself this:


Will Being Bilingual Help You Get a Healthier Brain?



There is a ton of research backing claims that being fluent in more than one language is good for your brain.

More importantly:

Unlike other areas of science and memory, few articles evoke grave doubts on the advantages of being bilingual.

That said…

A 2015 article in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?” makes an interesting point:

Konnikova says the bilingual advantage seems to have more of a protective effect on the aging brain than it does anything to enhance executive-control functions of healthy individuals.

While the Konnikova’s arguments are persuasive, I am sure of one thing:

When you learn a new language and use new words and grammar rules, multiple areas of your brain work together. This is a great long-term workout for your brain.

And since your brain is a muscle, it needs regular workouts to remain strong, supple and stable!


The Inside Story:
Why Bilingualism Is Not Just About
Speaking Two (Or More) Languages


Contrary to general perception, bilingualism is not just about the ability to speak two languages fluently.

There are a lot of little nitty-gritty aspects involved.

For instance:

You could be a “simultaneous bilingual” who learns two languages from birth.

Or, you could be an “early sequential bilingual.”

What the heck do those terms mean?

“Early sequential bilingual” is a fancy term for those kids who speak one language at home but learn to speak the community language at school. There is also the “late sequential bilingual” – someone who grew up with one language and then moved to a country that speaks another.

Why are these terms important?

The differences in how and when you learned your second language often leads to different levels of proficiency and fluency. This, in turn, affects your level of being bilingual.

For instance, if you were fluent in French (along with English) in high school but have been using only English ever since, your bilingualism and its related advantages may have deteriorated.

In fact, according to a study, simultaneous bilinguals and early sequential bilinguals show different levels of behavioral performance in a lexical representation task that measures how quickly you can classify a stimulus as words or nonwords. (Sebastián-Gallés, Echeverría & Bosch, 2005)

Remember this:

The more articulate you are in a language, and the more fluently you use both your languages in your daily life, the more bilingual you will be.

“You have to use both languages all the time. You won’t get the bilingual benefit from occasional use.” This quote is by the cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok who has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind.

A recent study by Yeh-Zu Tzou shows how working memory is important but language proficiency in the native language (L1)  and second language (L2) assumes a more critical role in a person’s ability to process and store information simultaneously.

Another study shows bilingualism is not a categorical variable (that is you are either bilingual or not) but rather the “bilingual experience is composed of multiple related dimensions that will need to be considered in assessments of the consequences of bilingualism.”


The Trouble With Knowing Two Languages:
Each Fight For Supreme Control


As a bilingual, when you use one language, the other is also active at the same time.

This creates a persistent linguistic competition which can result in language difficulties.

For instance, bilinguals are known to be prone to the tip-of-the-tongue syndrome where you can remember specific details about a word but cannot conjure the word fully.

Some mnemonists and memory champions also term it as “ghosting.” I refer to it as “Magnetic fossilization.”

Either way, if you have ever been in a position where someone’s name is right on the tip of your tongue but you can’t get your brain to say it out loud, remember that the word is competition with some other information or similar sounding words in your brain.

But there is good news:

The bilingual brain relies on control mechanisms such as attention and inhibition, every time she or he speaks or listens to maintain the balance between the competing languages. Due to this constant practice, these control mechanisms are strengthened with changes occurring in the associated brain regions.

Could there be other benefits to this constant brain workout?


Bilingualism And Its Connection With a Better Brain


As I said earlier, being bilingual is a constant brain exercise.

Regularly juggling two languages gives the brain better abilities to filter out unnecessary information which helps in improved focus and attention.

Since bilinguals are used to switching between two languages, they are also excellent at switching between tasks, even if these tasks have nothing to do with language.

A study by Dr. Viorica Marian and her team proved that bilinguals are better at filtering out unnecessary words than people who speak only one language.

In the study, participants were asked to perform language comprehension tasks where they had to hear a word and then recognize its corresponding photo.

For example, volunteers would hear the word “candy” and then they would see four pictures, including a picture of candy and a picture of a similar-sounding word, such as “candle.” The experiment aimed to see how well the participants were able to recognize the correct word and ignore the similar-sounding competing word.

The results showed that bilinguals performed better than their monolingual counterparts at ignoring the competing words. This is because people who speak more than one language are already used to controlling two languages and suppressing irrelevant words they don’t need.

The ability to tune out irrelevant information is a strong indicator of mental abilities and can help bilingual individuals concentrate better by blocking outside noise in a busy classroom or office space.

Another advantage of speaking two languages – you have more efficient monitoring systems.

According to this 2009 study, when conditions required high monitoring demands, bilinguals were faster than monolinguals.

The most persistent advantage to being bilingual comes at a later stage though.

It seems that the aging brain of a bilingual person can resist the effects of dementia far better than those who speak only one language.

Research has also shown that multilingual people have a higher density of grey matter in their brains, and older people who speak more than one language tend to have better-maintained white matter.

But the big question remains:


Does Bilingualism Make A Healthy Brain Smarter?


The answer I am afraid is no!

No research (that I can find) proves bilingualism enhances executive intelligence, emotional intelligence or intelligence quotient.


A Simple Method For Maintaining a Superior Brain
(And Mastering Another Language)


The truth is …

Improving brain function and memory does connect with mastering a new language.

But the real gains come from eating a balanced diet, getting lots of hydration, maintaining an active lifestyle and sleeping for 7 hours every night.

Add consistent memory training to that healthy mix and you’re golden.

But if you leave aside the health benefits, the simple act of learning a new language in itself is a fun proposition.

It enables you to interact with interesting people and exposes you to new cultures and practices.

Any new challenge and novelty help to keep the brain active and vibrant. Like doing crosswords, for instance, stimulates the brain and makes for a fun workout…

So long as you don’t let them frustrate you!



And of course, being multilingual can be extremely useful when trying to impress a date.

But the coolest, most fun way to quickly master a new language while maintaining a superior brain is to build Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

One important reason why Memory Palace is effective and attractive to many users is that it reduces cognitive overwhelm or overload.

There’s more…

Creating Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way unlocks the power of your multiple intelligences plus autobiographical memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural memory and other kinds of memory.

This incredible combination of intelligence and memory strengthening is very powerful because, combined with Recall Rehearsal, the holistic process lets you move information from short-term memory into long-term memory faster.

If you are keen on this memory training technique…

Click on the image below to get started:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course


When Words Don’t (And Won’t) Boost Your Brain…


Knowing many languages has the power to help you express yourself fluently. And language learning is tremendously useful when you are trying to improve memory, clarity, and focus.

With the Magnetic Memory Method, you gain the ability to not only remember information faster but also get predictable and reliable permanence. This grows in strength each time you create Memory Palaces using this method.

Ready to add this memory improvement method to the lexicon of your life? Let me know in the comments below or feel free to post your questions.

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Can Stress Cause Memory Loss And Confusion? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:17:07 +0000 0 <p>Can stress cause memory loss and confusion? You bet, but oddly enough, stress memory loss isn't the only angle. Stress can in fact help you remember certain details. In this post, you'll learn why and discover how to reduce the impact of stress of your memory.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Can Stress Cause Memory Loss And Confusion?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Can stress cause memory loss and confusion?

Not if you’ve got a gun in your face.

Like Ben Thomas.

Ben was walking through an L.A. neighborhood when he was robbed at gunpoint.

Next day, when the detective asked him to identify the perpetrator, Ben was able to do it very easily.

Over time, however, the author who experienced this violent incident, reported that he “remembered fewer images and more facts: the colors of the thief’s hoodie and pants, the words he’d said, even the exact time displayed on my iPod (12:36) at the moment I’d handed it over to him”.

Why would Ben remember more facts than images?

It’s because some memories formed under highly stressful situations get so strongly encoded in our brains that we never forget them.

But does that mean you should put yourself under stress to memorize your sales presentation?


The Answer Is A Big NO!


Because, in general, stress impairs memory, makes you forget things or even remember things differently.

Ben, for instance, could recall the thief’s face vividly for a day or two but after a few weeks, he couldn’t picture the guy’s face at all.

And keep in mind that Ben’s no dummy.

He’s not only an author, but also someone who happens to be an independent researcher who studies consciousness and the brain.

High IQ or not…

When we’re stressed, some memories stick like super glue while others get warped or lost.

For that reason, please understand this:

It’s never a good idea to induce stress when trying to memorize a book, your lessons or your campaign presentation.

You never know what essential information your brain will skip remembering!

Instead, increase focus and concentration from the ground up using a WRAP technique:


When Are You Under Stress? A Scientific Definition  


This quote is worth reading twice:

“When an organism faces emotional distress or is physically challenged the autonomic nervous system, a subdivision of the sympathetic nervous system, is automatically activated. Once activated, a cascade of physiological changes occurs that better enables an organism to confront (i.e. fight, freeze) or escape (i.e. flee) danger. The term “stress” applies to the condition under which the autonomic nervous system is activated and stress hormones are released.” (Impairing and Enhancing Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Episodic Memory and Eyewitness Report, Siobhan Marie Hoscheidt, 2011)

And guess what?

When you’re frozen, or busy running away, learning gets really tough.

Worse, there’s a part of the brain that controls stress that can really wreak havoc on your focus and concentration.

When you undergo a stressful event, the amygdala – a part of the brain that enables emotional processing – sends a distress call to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is like a command center that communicates with the rest of your body through the nervous system so that you have the energy to fight or flee.


Stress Can Make You Forget Things…
Even If You’re a Memory Champion


Want in on a little secret?

Stress doesn’t discriminate between the regular Joe, a presidential candidate or a memory champ.

It does and will mess with your brain.

Like it did for world memory champion Jonas Von Essen.

When Jonas was called to recite the closing credits of Newsnight from memory, he struggled to remember the presenter Jeremy Paxman’s surname as well as some other names.

If that doesn’t put the spotlights on just how bad stress can be for even the best memory athlete, I don’t know what does.

Even as a memory expert, Jonas felt on the spot and stress was part of his embarrassing flub on TV.

But is it really a fail?

The answer is a bit more complex, so let’s have a look.


How Does Stress Affect Your Memory: The Inside Story


When under stress, brain freeze like what Jonas encountered happens mostly because your thinking is preoccupied with the stress-inducing stimuli – am I looking cool on TV – blocking out other thoughts.

But that’s not the complete picture.

While low levels of anxiety can affect your ability to recall information; high-stress situations, like being robbed at gunpoint, increases your brain’s ability to encode and recall traumatic events.

A study by Marloes J. A. G. Henckens and team demonstrated how “acute stress is accompanied by a shift into a hypervigilant mode of sensory processing in combination with increased allocation of neural resources to noise reduction. This reduction of task-irrelevant ambient noise, in combination with a stress-hormone-induced optimal state for neural plasticity, may explain why stressful events attain a privileged position in memory”.


What Does This Stress Memory Loss
Chemical Connection Mean?


In simple words, when you are anxious, your brain will put you on red alert and increase your focus and concentration on that stressful event by eliminating any other distracting information. This can aid in encoding some information into your long-term memory better.

However, there’s more to this story.

Chronic stress, like constant worry about losing your job, can have devastating effects on memory.

Here’s another one of those quotes worth reading twice:

“The effects of stress on memory are not always facilitatory. Several studies have demonstrated that while memory for emotional information is enhanced when encoded under stress, memory for neutral information can be impaired (Payne et al., 2006; 2007).” (Impairing and Enhancing Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Episodic Memory and Eyewitness Report, Siobhan Marie Hoscheidt, 2011)

Here’s another:

“Schilling et al. examined the effect of varying levels cortisol (a common measure of stress) on recall performance. The results provide evidence that stress and memory performance have an inverted U-shaped relationship, where too much stress has a deleterious effect on memory performance.” (Psychosocial Stress Increases Activity-but not Event-Based Prospective Memory, Mollie McGuire, 2016)

What does all this mean?


When under stress, your body activates a part of the adrenal gland that dumps cortisol – also known as the stress hormone – into the bloodstream.


The Truth About Memory, Stress And Cortisol


In the short term, cortisol may be beneficial (basically because it mobilizes white blood cells and enhances the immune system).

However, cortisol binds to cells in that area of the brain that converts new experiences into memory. This binding disrupts the memory-forming process, ultimately making memory impairment permanent.

Researchers at the University of Iowa also found a connection between cortisol and short-term memory loss in older rats.

Another study by Cheryl D.Conrad found that chronic stress reduces spatial memory: the memory that helps you recall locations and relate objects. “Chronic stress clearly impacts nearly every brain region.”

Precisely the reason you sometimes forget where you kept your car keys when you are about to rush to the office for an important (read stressful) meeting.

High stress also activates the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream. Adrenaline increases your attentiveness which is important to support your defense mechanism of “fight or flight” when put in a stressful situation.

However, adrenaline and memory do not mix well.

While the increased attentiveness may have a fleeting beneficial effect on memory; the anxiety and distress – that causes adrenaline production – is likely to lead to brain fog and forgetfulness.


A Non-Stressful, No Brainer Memory Booster


It’s actually counterproductive if you worry about not remembering important details.

The more you worry about losing your mind, the more your brain gets stressed and the more you forget!

In reality, your ability to remember is related to the level of concentration and focus you used when trying to memorize facts than anything else.

Focus and concentration are key to memory recall. They are necessary for creating complete memories without any added stress.

One way to improve your concentration and focus is through meditation.

This mental exercise which involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing, and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present is also beneficial in calming the mind and reducing effects of stress and anxiety.

Another thing to remember is that a ton of stress comes from poor diet. Specific types of food can have beneficial –  or detrimental – effects on memory. Moreover, it is possible to change your diet to maintain, and achieve better levels of memory.

But if you want just one thing that is not only the ultimate stress reducer, but also an effective memory enhancer, build Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

This powerful memorization method was even adored by the ancient Greeks. I’ve added lots of additional tools, including relaxation techniques that enable you to get more from your memory – without the hassle of stress.


Why Use A Memory Palace?

Good question.

It boils down to this:

The Memory Palace is the best memory technique because as a foundational learning technique, it allows you to develop and use spatial memory in a way that unlocks the power of autobiographical memory, episodic memory, semantic memory and more.

This enables you to move information into long-term memory faster and with reliable permanence.

Building a Memory Palace is a simple technique. You start by associating information with specific areas of a familiar location.

Then you walk through that location (in your mind) and place pieces of information that you wish to memorize in specific areas. When you want to recall that information, you go through that mental path and access that information easily.

If you are interested in this memory method, click on the image below:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

You can use more than just visual imagery to remember information through association!

Truly magnetic imagery involves a combination of these six Magnetic Modes:

Conceptual (Ideas)

Olfactory (Smell)

Gustatory (Taste)

Kinaesthetic (Touch)

Auditory (Sound)

Visual (Sight)

A quick memory tip:

If you are struggling to remember these Magnetic Modes, rearrange them to make the acronym COG KAV. Next, create the image of a giant machine in a cave. Simple? Now, you will never forget your Magnetic Modes. Here’s an infographic to help make this strategy clearer:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation


Lead A Balanced Life


Dealing with constant stress and worry is not a great way to lead your life. Neither is it a reliable memory enhancement strategy.

The good news is that leading a balanced life is simple.

It involves a good night’s sleep, nourishing diet, meditation, and an effective, dedicated memory strategy (like the Magnetic Memory Method).

Combined, these simple activities will enable you to create strong memories that you can enjoy without worry.

Now how does that sound?


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Can stress cause memory loss and confusion? You bet, but oddly enough, stress memory loss isn't the only angle. Stress can in fact help you remember certain details. In this post, you'll learn why and discover how to reduce the impact of stress of your... Can stress cause memory loss and confusion? You bet, but oddly enough, stress memory loss isn't the only angle. Stress can in fact help you remember certain details. In this post, you'll learn why and discover how to reduce the impact of stress of your memory. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 31:31
Stoic Secrets For Using Memory Techniques With Language Learning Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:47:34 +0000 4 <p>Christopher Huff shares his Stoic secrets for using memory techniques when learning a language. You'll learn now to set limits on your use of mnemonics and tackle the "Stubborn Quintile." Plus, he sings the prepositions in English in alphabetical order!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Stoic Secrets For Using Memory Techniques With Language Learning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Christopher Huff Magnetic Memory Method PodcastStoic philosophy has helped thousands of people live better lives.

But can it help you use memory techniques to learn a language better?

Turns out…

The answer is a resounding Yes!

And to show you exactly how, Christopher Huff joins us on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

Click play and you’ll learn:

* The secrets of rhythm you can use to help you remember words.

* How Christopher used the American presidents to better remember Chinese tones. (This approach is kind of like a hyper-focused PAO without a Major System supporting it.)

* How to memorize the prepositions in English in alphabetical order using a simple song.

* The powerful lesson Christopher learned from his first interaction with mnemonics.

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* Why Christopher places a cap on how many Magnetic Images he creates when using Anki.

* The biggest mistake Epicurus says you can make – and how it applies to memory techniques and language learning.

* The matter of jokes and telling lies in Toki Pona.

Regarding that cool language, make sure to subscribe to Christopher’s Language Fan YouTube channel and check out his language learning videos.

* Christopher also has an amazing video about the Goldlist Method, and in this interview he mentions the super-fascinating Leitner system.

* Christopher’s powerful definition of fluency, and how you can legitimately feel fluent even with a small pool of words and phrases.

* Why Christopher compares the use of mnemonics for language learning to skitching.

* The ultimate tool for developing fluency – something that we all have access to and yet too few people use!

* … and many more memory strategies of the world’s best language learners.

For more cool things from Christopher, please check out his Instagram – he draws cool comics and is constantly traveling all over the place.

And if you have questions or comments, please leave them below so we can get back to you.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already grabbed my FREE Memory Improvement Kit, here’s where to get it:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

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Christopher Huff shares his Stoic secrets for using memory techniques when learning a language. You'll learn now to set limits on your use of mnemonics and tackle the "Stubborn Quintile." Plus, he sings the prepositions in English in alphabetical order! Christopher Huff shares his Stoic secrets for using memory techniques when learning a language. You'll learn now to set limits on your use of mnemonics and tackle the "Stubborn Quintile." Plus, he sings the prepositions in English in alphabetical order! Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 49:36
Aphantasia: Develop Your Memory Even If You Cannot See Mental Images Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:15:59 +0000 14 <p>If you've ever struggled to create mental images, you might have aphantasia. Aphantasia and memory is a huge topic, so I've done some aphantasia research and teach you image streaming, something you can benefit from, whether you have aphantasia or not. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Aphantasia: Develop Your Memory Even If You Cannot See Mental Images</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Aphantasia Image Streaming Magnetic Memory Method PodcastAphantasia.

Sounds like a magic word a magician would say before conjuring a rabbit from his hat, doesn’t it?

But let me ask you this:

Can you visualize the magician pulling out the rabbit by his ears?

For most of us, it will be easy to recall images inside our head, using our mind’s eye.

However, if you could NOT see any image in your mind’s eye – no colors, no sounds, no smells, no textures, no flavors, nothing at all – you may have a condition called aphantasia or a blind mental eye.

Don’t freak out, though. Many people have aphantasia, even magicians.

Familiar with Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller fame)?

Penn Jillette portrait for the Magnetic Memory Method blog on aphantasia

He is a famous magician and entertainer, and he is an aphantasic(!).

By his own admission, Penn says he cannot conjure a mental image of a person or a place to save his life.


What Exactly is Aphantasia? A Detailed Definition

The term ‘aphantasia’ comes from the Greek words a, meaning “without”, and phantasia, meaning “a capacity to form mental images”.

The phenomenon was first described by the controversial psychologist Francis Galton – one of the pioneers of eugenics – in 1880.

Francis Galton Aphantasia Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

The interest in the phenomenon was renewed after the publication of a study conducted by a team led by Dr. Adam Zeman, a professor of cognitive and behavioral neurology, at the University of Exeter.

Adam Zeman Aphantasia Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

Zeman’s team published a paper in 2015 on what they termed “congenital aphantasia”, now known simply as aphantasia.

For Firefox co-creator Blake Ross it was a surprise revelation that other people could visualize things in the mind’s eye while he couldn’t. “I can’t ‘see’ my father’s face or a bouncing blue ball, my childhood bedroom or the run I went on ten minutes ago,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

According to Craig Venter, the biologist who created the first synthetic organism: “It’s like having a computer store the information, but you don’t have a screen attached to the computer.”


Is Aphantasia a Common Phenomena?


While research on the subject is still in its nascent stages, neurologists believe approximately one in 50 people or 2-5% of the population are non-visual-imagers.

Sounds like a big number?

Don’t be surprised. Being an aphantasic is nearly as common as having a food allergy.

Neuroimaging has shown that mental imagery, although strongly associated with the left temporal lobe, requires the use of large networks of brain pathways. This means that aphantasia could potentially occur in different ways in different individuals.


The Two Likely Causes Of Aphantasia


However, the exact cause of aphantasia is still unknown. According to Dr. Zeman heredity and environment both are likely to be relevant causes.

Interestingly, an aphantasic may have a visual memory which means they may be able to describe in detail about how things looked – the cat had blue eyes, the umbrella was pink and matched the skirt – even though they cannot see these very images in their mind’s eye.

Moreover, many people who cannot visualize in mental images can think in sounds, while others can remember physical sensations.

Penn says, when he dreams, he’s not sure if he sees images but has the sensation of knowing that “ideas wash over me”.


Want to Take The Aphantasia Test?


It is not possible to “see” what someone else is picturing inside their head unless they describe it to you.

So how do we check what your mind’s eye is seeing?

You can answer the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire, which is what psychologists use to rate different mental images of an individual, to test the strength of his mind’s eye.

Although you don’t get any results, you’re helping a good cause by completing the survey and the questions themselves will tell you a lot about your imaginary visual style.


How Aphantasia Affects Memory


Our brain stores information in two different ways – verbally and visually.

Both these types of storage are independent of one another, and each can be used alone.

Therefore, even people with aphantasia can complete the “tests of visual imagery” without too much difficulty.

Here’s a quick test:

Count the number of windows in your house.

Quick #memory improvement exercise: Mentally count all the windows in your home.Click To Tweet

Even if you can’t see a “mental” image of your house and locate each window in that image, you would have an awareness of being there and recall from factual information the number of windows in your house.

While aphantasics can remember things from their past, they experience these memories in a different way than someone with strong imagery. They often describe memories as a conceptual list of things that occurred rather than a video playing in their mind.

As Ross says, he can ruminate on the “concept” of a beach, but cannot flash to beaches he has visited.

“I know there’s sand. I know there’s water. I know there’s a sun, maybe a lifeguard. I know facts about beaches. I know a beach when I see it, and I can do verbal gymnastics with the word itself…But I have no visual, audio, emotional or otherwise sensory experience.”

The brain has many unique ways of storing visual information than just as a picture.


Multiple Ways To Create Visual Imagery In Your Mind


Neuroscientists believe that the brain constructs visual imagery in more than one way. There are separate circuits for things like shape, size, color and spatial relationships, and when these are accessed together, we form an image of a memory.

As AphantasiaMeow suggests in this video, it might have to do with how the brains of some people develop:

There are still a lot of unknowns, that’s for sure. But it’s great that someone is doing such good work to help people create a mind’s eye.

Back to the source of the problem:

Experts think that aphantasics piggyback on neurons involved in controlling physical movements rather than using the visual brain circuitry to “visualize” or recall information.

For instance, you can trace the letter B of the alphabet in your brain to know it has curves or you can use your mind’s eye to see its image.


Are There Any Aphantasia Benefits?


While the research is still out on this one, Penn says that because he thinks verbally and not visually, when he gets an idea, he can describe it instantly.

While aphantasics’ use of spatial memory is stronger in the absence of visual memory.

It gets better!

People with aphantasia have been seen to perform on par with people who can visualize images in many tasks involving visual information.

Moreover, a 2003 study stated the benefit of mental imagery is surprisingly small when it came to creative thinking.

Does Aphantasia Hamper The Memory Techniques
That Call For “Visualization”?


Not in the least.

Tansel Ali and I talked about your multiple options in a recent interview.

In sum:

Memory techniques involve more tools than just visualization. You have many options.

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When you use a memory technique like the Memory Palace use all the Magnetic Modes, you can memorize a very large amount of information relatively quickly without necessarily seeing the Memory Palace in your mind.

Here’s an infographic that tells you all about the different ways that your brain perceives information:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation

Personally, I don’t have aphantasia.

However, I am low on the visual threshold.

As a result, it took me a long time to understand techniques like mind mapping, let alone developing mind map mastery (which is still a work in progress, to be honest).

Most of what I do in the world of memory techniques involves thinking about strange combinations of images in words and sounds, not high-definition imagery. I would call this being audio-conceptual.

So, if you are worried that the inability to see images in your mind will stop you from using the Memory Palace technique.

Don’t be.

Over the years, I’ve invested in myself so that I can “see” something like visuals in my mind. But even to this day, the best results I get from memory techniques don’t require constant streaming of high-definition images in my head.

Here’s my discussion on this issue:

In any case, if you want to visualize bright, vivid pictures in your mind’s eye, you can try image streaming.


Image Streaming Vs. Aphantasia?


Image streaming is a simple process that enables you to open up your mind’s eye to visuals.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Close your eyes and describe what you see.
  2. If you don’t see anything (which would exactly be the case if you have aphantasia) help your brain start seeing images.
  3. Start by gently rubbing your closed eyes like a sleepy child. Then describe the bright sparkly light that you see behind your closed retina.
  4. Or look at a bright light like a candle for a half minute, or a window which has strong light/dark contrast. Then when you close your eyes, you should be able to see after-images, like a blob of light or color, at back of the eye. Describe that blob of light.
  5. You can also describe a memory that you cannot “see” but remember from the past.
  6. The important thing is to describe using all your sensory details – meaning use all your five senses of sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) to describe your bob of light or memory.
  7. While you are examining and describing your after-images or memory events, keep a look out for experiencing some other kinds of image. It could be a momentary face, landscape, or whatever. Notice when this happens, and switch to describing that new image.
  8. Remember to describe all images to an external  focus – quickly and loudly. The external focus can be a friend or a dictaphone (voice recorder), anything or anyone you can talk to.
  9. Practice image streaming for only 10-20 minutes a day to enable your mind’s eye to see pictures.

How to Use A Memory Palace With A Blind Mind’s Eye?


Associating pieces of information with a location you are familiar with, like your house, is the basic idea behind the Memory Palace Technique.

And it does not need you to visualize your house. You can “know” factually which room is where in your home or where is the window or door or the attic located.

Keeping the full range of your Magnetic Modes in mind, you can use any home or location with which you are familiar.

The effectiveness of the Memory Palace technique is based on the scientific fact that your brain and spatial memory perceive space as a kind of image.

Check out this lecture for more information about how that works:

If you’re interested in this “Magnetic” technique, click on the image below:

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Memory Is More Than A Mental Picture Book


Memory is many things. It includes facts, figures and figments of information stored in various regions of your brain.

But more than that, memory is the ability to communicate these kinds of information to others and recognize them when they are being communicated to you.

When it comes to how you get information to play with in the first place, there are many ways. Some are faster than others.

Using an effective, dedicated memory strategy system like Magnetic Memory Method you can easily retrieve those memories faster and with predictable and reliable permanence.

Add to it a balanced diet, meditation, and sleep and you will be able to enhance your memory, concentration and focus in a way that improves your entire life.

Doesn’t that make a pretty picture?

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3 Shocking Ways Smartphone Addiction Erodes Your Brain And Memory Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:08:36 +0000 6 <p>Have you been wondering about the smartphone effects on memory? Click now to take the cell phone addiction test and discover how smartphones change the brain.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Shocking Ways Smartphone Addiction Erodes Your Brain And Memory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Smartphone addiction Magnetic Memory MethodCan smartphone addiction fry your brain cells?

Not literally, but that twitchy connection to your phone?

It definitely affects your abilities to concentrate and think deeply.

And that means device addiction harms your ability to remember.


Smartphone addiction not only turns you into a social pariah…


It Can Also Be Fatal!


In 2015, distracted driving (due to texting or talking on the cellphone) killed 3,477 people and injured another 391,000.

And there’s more bad news…

According to the National Safety Council, using cell phones while driving can make you more accident prone than even drunk driving…

No wonder people are concerned over how cell phones are affecting their lives!

In January this year, two of Apple’s biggest shareholders wrote an open letter to the company requesting it to provide “more choices and tools” so that parents could restrict their children’s smartphone usage time.

The letter added that researchers have found this shocking statistic:

“U.S. teenagers who spend 3 hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely, and those who spend 5 hours or more are 71 percent more likely, to have a risk factor for suicide than those who spend less than 1 hour.”

Smartphone addiction is a serious issue and may need some creative problem solving using the C.R.E.A.T.E. formula:

But here’s the real question:

What about YOU?

Are you displaying cell phone addiction symptoms?

Let’s find out:


Are You A Nomophobic?


I know you will never admit it, but when you are unable to find your phone for even 30 seconds, it causes a minor anxiety attack.

How do I know this?

Because it happens to people every single second of the day.

Look at this poor fellow:

So, is he a nomophobic?


Nomophobia or ‘NO MObile PHOne phoBIA’ is the fear of not being able to use your cell phone or have access to your device.

Want to know if you’re truly addicted? Take this online quiz to find out.

Nomophobia is real, but the medical community is not ready to declare overuse of cell phones as a clinical addiction.


Ignoring The Data?


They neglect to do so in the face of some shocking data.

As the Joker suggests (I misquote), “whatever doesn’t kill us, only makes us stranger”…

Nearly one in ten people admitted to using their smartphones during sex, in the shower, on a movie date, in church or other place of worship, as per the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits.

What’s more, nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they were always within five feet of their smartphones.

Although doctors do agree that if you can’t stop using your phone, even when it’s harming your life, you may be “addicted.”

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“Only a small percentage of people qualify as addicted. But many people overuse their smartphones.”

This quote comes from Dr. David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction.

Smartphone addiction is not listed as an official mental disorder listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. However, psychologists are debating about whether that should change.

Some researchers also say that the development of smartphone addiction is similar to that of a gambling disorder (or gambling addiction), which is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

How does addiction work?

With gambling, the reward of winning once in a while is what hooks people to the habit.

Smartphone addiction works on a similar principle. Most of the time, a phone notification will be insignificant.

However, every once in a while…


Something Meaningful Happens!


Like a phone call from an old friend, or a Facebook notification that someone has tagged you in a photo. Researchers say this type of messages are irresistible and can lead to overuse or addiction to your device.

There’s more…

Device addiction can extend far beyond just the smartphone.

Recently, the World Health Organization announced that video game addiction will now be classified as an official mental health condition in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases.

According to the WHO, gaming disorder is “characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior  manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

“The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,” WHO adds.

Whether it is to play video games or check your Facebook notifications, here’s the truth:

Spending too much time with your smartphone will slowly but surely harm your mind.


How Smartphone Addiction Damages Your Memory


For starters, the presence of smartphone alerts is disrupting our already weak ability to focus on the task at hand.

Moreover, excessive use of cell phones also causes headaches, impaired concentration and memory, and fatigue.

If you are constantly using your mobile phone to surf the internet it affects the brain’s frontal lobe and brainstem functions, resulting in decreased ability to speak, reason and comprehend social cues.

Researchers also found that smartphone addiction can lead to an imbalance in brain chemistry that triggers depression and anxiety.

Ultimately, smartphone addiction can impair your ability to interact in the real world to the detriment of your personal and professional relationships.


It’s Not Just Brain Damage


Smartphone addiction does more than alter your brain chemicals. Your posture also gets affected when you use your phone all the time.

And according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, posture affects mood, behavior and memory.

Therefore, frequent slouching to look at your device screen can make you depressed.

What’s more, Researchers at the University of Michigan state that the tucking your chin (or chins) and hanging your head to look at the smartphone is also causing empathy levels to fall and narcissism to rise among individuals.


A Reliable, Easy & Fun Way To Learn Things
(Without Googling It On Your Smartphone)


We have all done it:

Reached for our smartphones the instant we want to verify a fact, learn a new bit of information, watch a video or read an ebook.

But there are other approaches.

One simple way to undo the damage done by mobile phone overuse is to switch off the phone and go back to a real book for information or entertainment.

Need more incentive?

Re-read of a book from the past. This way you’ll not only defeat Digital Amnesia, you’ll also enhance your attention as you give your brain the opportunity to revisit information from the past offline.

You can also Mind Map, and I’ve recently shared one of my own to demonstrate just how powerful this approach can be for memory, focus and concentration:


Digital Fasting…
The Cure For Smartphone Slavery?


But the ultimate technique is called “Digital Fasting.”

It’s easy:

Just leave your smartphone at home or sit in a cafe with no WiFi so that you are not distracted by your device and can dedicate mental space to the book at hand.

And if boredom strikes and you feel the need to sneak out your smartphone, use these 3 ridiculously boring ways to add focus and excitement to your life.

But no memory improvement training will work to the highest possible degree if its not linked to memorizing information that will immediately improve your life.

And to do that, you learning projects need to involve Memory Palaces (ideally by creating them the Magnetic Memory Method way).


Why On Earth Is That?


Because when you create Memory Palaces using the Magnetic Memory Method it lets you measure your memory improvement activities.

And tracking your outcomes leads to rapid improvement in the way information gets stored in your long term memory.

Even better:

All other memory techniques including playing crossword puzzles can be used inside of Memory Palaces.

But this never takes place the other way around (For example, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.)

Building Memory Palaces is also great for dealing with a diminishing attention span.

Use the tips in this video about how to break through your attention span myths and limitation to help you craft the attention span you deserve.

If you are looking for a complete brain rehab try this method…

Click on the link below to get started:Free Memory Palace Training Magnetic Memory Method

Get  More Out Of Your Existence


You want to live a full, vibrant, exciting life?

You don’t want a zombie-like existence where a handheld device controls your emotions, moods, experiences and even what information your brain can or should store?

If “hell yeah” is your response then we are on the right track!

But don’t worry if you don’t have it all mapped out when trying to get rid of the smartphone addiction habit. You don’t have to.

You can create your own hacks for building better habits.

Better still, use the magic of Memory Palaces to unlock your brain’s true potential and lead the magnetic life you deserve.

Come on, say it loud (just not into your smartphone) – hell yeah! 🙂

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Tansel Ali On How Gratitude Can Help You Remember Almost Anything Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:31:09 +0000 14 <p>4x Australian Memory Champion Tansel Ali talks about memory improvement and the role of gratitude in effective visualization. Plus, we talk about reading, memorizing cards and focusing on the right things to maximize performance in your memory and life. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Tansel Ali On How Gratitude Can Help You Remember Almost Anything</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Tansel Ali Magnetic Memory Method PodcastTansel Ali is possibly the most positive memory champion on the planet.

Turns out there’s a solid reason why.

A few reasons, actually.

And in this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I speak with 4x Australian Memory Champion Tansel Ali talks about memory improvement and positive thinking.

This may well be the most valuable hour you spend listening to a podcast about memory improvement.


For starters…

In addition to discussing the role of gratitude in coming up with effective visualizations when using mnemonics, Tansel discusses the importance of reading, memorizing cards with music on and focusing on the right things to maximize performance in your memory and life.

Plus, when you scroll up and click play above, you’ll soon discover…

* Why Tansel was originally skeptical about memory improvement and thought all TV memory trainers were fake.

* The factors responsible for making people suspicious of memory techniques because they seem like magic “tricks.”

* How Tansel wound up at his first memory competition and took second place.

* The other rewards memory improvement brings you, including mindset, job performance and fun.

* Tansel’s transition from memory competition to enhancing his own life and the lives of others through teaching memory.

* Why you need to continue challenging your memory almost like the physical training of the body to keep the mind in top shape.

* Exactly how participating in memory competitions help you develop preparation and developing positive self-talk.

* Why Tansel sometimes FORCES himself NOT to use memory techniques in order to challenge his brain.

* Tansel’s definition of consistency and the development of successful habits that you can use to challenge yourself.

* Why you should go without fear of making mistakes for the health of your brain and the development of effective discipline.

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Tansel Ali book signing of The Yellow Elephant on Kindle for me in person.

* Tansel’s personal training regime and how he makes it count.

* How Tansel thinks about visualization as a kind of muscle and how he trains it for competition.

* A quick comparison of Alex Mullen’s training regime and Tansel’s focus on efficiency to improve the right skills and maximize performance.

* A discussion of aphantasia and why you don’t actually have to see pictures in your mind to use memory techniques.

* How Tansel uses feelings and thinking in words to create mnemonic imagery – and why feeling creates more impact.

* How to give the mnemonic imagery you create greater value through personalization.

* Practical reasons you should memorize cards. For one thing, they set you up to make creative decisions that goes beyond just remembering information. And here are 13 more reasons you should have a system for remembering cards.

* Tansel’s thoughts on music and memory and how he memorizes cards with music playing.

* The benefits of training your memory and where to start (also discussed in this video):

* The importance of making memory training fun and interesting, rather than a chore.

* Tansel’s history with apps for memory training and meditation and how to reduce stress.

* How Tansel changed from wallowing in negativity to living in positivity.

* Why you don’t have to use bizarre or violent imagery to remember information and positive options you can explore for creating and using mnemonics.

* Why we both approach shows like Breaking Bad with caution in order to maintain a positive mindset. Not that Breaking Bad can’t be useful for memory improvement, as you can see here:

* The role of gratitude in increasing the value of your imagination by focusing on specifics.

* Why “the law of attraction” is useless without taking action – and how you can use mindset to create the excitement needed to make sure you achieve your goals.

* Why Tansel wishes he had read more as a young person.

* Some of Tansel’s favorite memory books and why they changed his life, including books by Tony Buzan and Dominic O’Brien.

* Tansel’s take on Digital Amnesia and why he chooses to see the positive side of the debate about the so-called Google Effect.

* How Turkish is helping Tansel learn Japanese even without using Kevin Richardson’s Learn Japanese App (a.k.a. Memory Palace).

I want to thank Tansel for being on the show and thank you for listening. Please be sure to grab his books, visit his site and get connected on his various online platforms using the links below.

Further Resources

Yellow Elephant: Improve Your Memory And Learn More, Faster, Better by Tansel Ali

How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours: Shortcuts And Brain Hacks For Learning New Skills Fast by Tansel Ali

Subscribe to Tansel Ali’s YouTube channel

Visit Tansel Ali’s website

Tansel Ali on Twitter

Tansel’s World Memory Stats 

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4.1 Painful Life Mistakes Burned Into My Memory And How To Avoid Them Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:03:48 +0000 10 <p>We all make mistakes in life. Here are 4 that were burned into my memory over the past forty years. They come to mind as I celebrate my 41st birthday. I hope these thoughts help you avoid making similar mistakes! :)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">4.1 Painful Life Mistakes Burned Into My Memory And How To Avoid Them</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Picture of Anthony Metivier pondering life mistakes and how to avoid themWe all make mistakes.

In fact, life mistakes are inevitable.

Heck, in many cases, they’re even desirable.

After all, we learn from our mistakes when picking up a language – including our native mother tongues.

But some life mistakes are probably avoidable.

Like the 4.1 I’m going to discuss in this post.

They are in no particular order of importance.

But I’ve stuck the one with a tutorial at the end. I believe if you pay that final point the most attention…

… and put its mini-lesson into action…

You will avoid SO much pain and suffering.

I wish I had known about that unique set of strategies anyone can use at least 21 years sooner!

So whether you’re 41 or any other age, let’s dive in with these mistakes life has burned into my memory and that I could have done without.


1. You Cannot Fulfill Anyone Else’s Dreams
(No Matter How Hard You Try)


Maybe it’s all the Romantic poetry I read.

Or maybe it’s just in my genes.

Whatever the reason, I have somehow wound up with a tendency to try and make others happy.

But it’s a trap!

Every time.

First off, “happy” is mostly meaningless.

There are too many possible definitions. Most of them are far from impressive, let alone correct.

I prefer the Greek term eudaimonia.

Some people translate it as happiness, but it actually refers to “flourishing.”

Image to illustrate flourishing as better than happiness

Already, that sounds better.


Something you can feel, see, embrace.

But even then, you cannot give flourishing to another human being.

The best you can do is reach out and try to connect.

Share with them some of what you know and the story of how you came to understand it.

Yes, there is “hard teaching.”

There is the do-this, do-that of the Memory Palace. Anyone can repeat the process, even if they’re a skeptic at first. (Especially if they’re skeptical.)

Likewise with brain exercises.

But getting people to complete the exercises?

Image to illustrate the benefits of walking meditation for memory improvement

That’s entirely on them.

The best you can do is offer inspiration and encouragement.

And if you love them, let them be.

Our siblings on this long-suffering earth can only do the things they are going to do.

And those of us who have traveled to a particular destination, can only show the way – the way we took, amongst many possible paths.

Though to reach some destinations, there really are only singular and definitive ways to reach the end.

Either way, if student and teacher are lucky enough to meet somewhere on the road, they can break bread.

Maybe sing a song or two together.

Or just hang out on a YouTube Live like this one we did for my birthday:

(If you’re not subscribed to my YouTube channel, you can take care of that here.)

But sooner or later, both will be off again on their individual journeys into the unknown.

And that’s a beautiful thing.

But when you try to tether ships together…

All too often, the ship bows start to knock.

And no two sails interpret the wind quite the same.

How could they?

Same wind.

Different sails.

If something you’ve taught them about sailing helps them correct course to wherever it is they’re trying to navigate, that’s great.

But they ultimately accomplished the task of navigation. From the deck of their own ship.

And there are lots of possible destinations.

We can’t all wind up on the same islands together.

Nor should we.

Anyhow, I’ve wasted a lot of time and energy trying to redirect some of the wind filling my sails to help others.

It never works.


Here’s What Guides You To Success Better


What does work is this:

Sharing the miracle of what one has learned about harnessing the wind’s power.

And respecting what the wind can do.

It sometimes makes sense to help a friend patch up one of their moth-bitten sails.

But you’ve got to make sure you don’t get stranded on their ship. Especially during a storm.

Keep yourself tied to your own mast.

That way you’ll always have a way back to your own ship.

And you reduce the danger that you may be the reason why the ship of your friend has started to go down.

Because the cruel reality is that help can be a hindrance.

Keep your awareness high of that potential problem and you’ll be better off and help save yourself and others from drowning under the weight of wisdom they may neither want nor need.

Is all that too abstract?


But rest assured that the stories lurking behind these images are memories I could do without.

And I think that even without concrete examples, they could help you avoid many disasters too.


2. You Always Have All The Resources You Need
(Even If You Sometimes Fall For The Scarcity Illusion)


Actually, I don’t have any unusual nightmares lurking behind this life principle.

But I’ve seen many people not take action because they believed in scarcity, rather than abundance.

They didn’t have enough money.

They didn’t have enough energy.

They didn’t have enough time.

In every case, I could easily spot why these claims weren’t valid.

And when I opened my mouth about why I thought so… well… see point one above.

It’s very hard to make abundance visible to people convinced that they don’t have enough.

In fact, it may be impossible.

It seems like a universal rule that they have to figure it out for themselves.

I hate cliches – especially when they’re right – but I too have been the horse you could not force to drink.

Not often, but I get it.

I’ve just been blessed not to be duped by the lie of scarcity all that often in my short life.

But I’m aware of its potential for evil.

And the scarcity-mindset truly is evil.


The “Else” Exercise That Erases Scarcity From Your Brain


If you suffer from it, here’s a simple tip Jonathan and I talk about in Branding You Academy:


When you’re asking any of the famous “W” questions (What, Where, When, Who, Why) always add an “else.”

Like this:

What else?

Where else?

When else?

Who else?

Why else?

And of course:

How else?

Get out a big fat sheet of paper and let it all out.

Brain dump.


C.R.E.A.T.E. the way I talk about in this YouTube Live:

Do whatever it takes to squeeze out every possible option.

Whatever it is you want to accomplish, you can find a way.

At the very least, you can find a way to get started.

And there will be magic in the movement.

Action is a special energy.

Without the woo-woo of “the Secret” or “the Law of Attraction,” I can explain why you will start to attract all the resources you will need if you just start moving – and keep moving:

It’s simple:

Because movement reveals hidden resources!

And it gives you what Gary Halbert calls a Fighter Pilot Attitude.


The Amazing Self-Help Secret Buried In A Fragment From Kafka


I also think of that story from Kafka.

You know the one (I’ll add a bit of my own flair, if you don’t mind):

The man who always takes the train to the next town for work misses his train.

So he borrows a bike.

When he gets to the next town, he asks an old man to watch over the bike as he goes to work.

Before he leaves, he tells the old man:

“I can’t believe how many more things I noticed about the landscape while riding the bike.”

The old man replies: “Just think how much more you’ll notice if you walk.”

Exactly the same thing will happen to you if you take action.

Instead of sitting on a speeding train of inactivity with your eyes blind to all your options, take another route.

And take that route another way.

You’ll start to notice a whole new world of detail – and possible avenues of action.

And you’ll talk to people you never noticed before.

People who will open you to even more perspectives.

Before you know it, you’ll be walking everywhere – the world will seem too abundant not to take your time and bask in everything it offers.


3. There Is No Such Thing As Free


The Internet is pretty cool. But I’ve been burned by it many times.

It’s like jacking the Gutenberg press directly into a vein.

The only problem is…

No one can consume all that content.

And even if any of us could…

They’d never be able to take action on even a small percentage of that knowledge.

And that’s a real problem.

Thanks to our genetic heritage, we are hunter-gatherers.

And the Internet triggers that ancient need to hunt and gather things that seem valuable to us.

We stock ‘em up and store them for the great famine.

Works great with berries and meat – if you know how to preserve them.

But with knowledge?

It’s horrible.

We’ve got a world full of people with all the knowledge they’ll ever need at their fingertips.

There’s NOTHING you cannot hoard into your coffers on the Internet for free.

And that’s a real problem for reasons that go far beyond file-sharing and lost revenue for content creators.

It’s a problem for all of humanity because discipline is slipping.

Completion rates are plummeting.

And those who escape the grip of Digital Amnesia and don’t fall prey to the attention span myth are getting fewer and fewer.

The consequence appears to be a growing elite of action-takers.

This elite wins more and more as an ever-increasing majority of people fall into the munching gears of the machines and algorithms that have turned human attention into a commodity.

People struggle to pay attention on digital devices.

And they’re not processing information the same way.

For this reason, information now costs far more than ever before.

Learning costs you more time and mental energy.


Because it takes longer to consume content when you’re endlessly flipping between 100 tabs and interrupted by dozens of notifications per minute.

And then you have to go over it again because the information is far too quickly – and easily – forgotten.

We’re still learning the lessons we need to learn, but the solution won’t change:

Invest in offline education at least as much as online education.


How To Complete The Quest For Balance Between
Online And Offline Knowledge


Find a balance between the two.

Get and read at least as many print books as digital books.

Attend at least as many live training events as the video courses you complete (assuming you can finish them in a world of digital distractions).

Invest in others by being with others.

That will help you invest in the future.

Sure, it’s grassroots.

Not always as International as the Internet seduces us into wanting.

But we know from basic brain chemistry that we need the chemicals that only being around others create.

And so much of the confidence and self-esteem issues, not to mention the vapid tribalism that seems to be getting worse and worse, is quite obviously tied to how much time we’re spending in online tribes instead of local ones.

That said…


4. There Is No Such Thing As Failure


The truth about failure is a hard and contradictory lesson to learn.

Especially when living at the top of your game technically requires you to fail a fair amount.

Or at least…

That’s the way it’s usually framed.

Here’s the truth, however:

No one likes failure and they’re right to try and avoid it.

Failure is painful!

And the typical way people advise us to “hack” failure is, to be frank, totally obnoxious:

“Fail fast. Fail often.”


Uhmmmmmm… No. And A Thousand Times No


I say this with certainty because the best antidote to failure is simple:

It’s success!

Now, I realize that I waxed messianic at the beginning of this post about the serious role mistakes play in our success. I have not forgotten that little speech.

But mistakes aren’t failures.

They’re sign posts that something needs to be changed. Like you sometimes need to change the ways you approach learning faster and remembering more.

Dive in because taking action leaves clues regarding what to change and often reveal precisely how to change things.lan

Especially if you use the “else” exercise I shared above.

But there’s also something else that leaves clues and shows us how to correct things that have gone wrong.

Again, it’s success.

So instead of failing and failing often, how about succeeding and succeeding often for a change.

And to do that, maybe you do have to put yourself in situations where you will “fail” from time to time.

But often enough, with just a bit of research and self-understanding, you can put yourself in contexts bound to give you more “quick victories” more often.

For example, if you know about your sensory preferences and the personal learning hierarchy I teach you how to discover in The Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass, you can “engineer” learning situations in which you’d actually have to try hard to fail.

In brief, we all have at least 6+1 Magnetic Modes. The main 6 look like this:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation

The 7th is space itself.

The 7th is the Magnetic Mode we use to create and use Memory Palaces.


Do You Know Your Learning Hierarchy?


You Learning Hierarchy is based on knowing whether you are more visual, auditory or kinesthetic concerning a particular topic.

Oh yes, your Learning Hierarchy can change! (It’s sneaky that way!)

But self-understanding is the way you stack the chips in your favor.

Sadly, most people are stacking those chips against themselves.

I’ve done it to myself far too many times.

But here’s the cool thing about getting older and having been fortunate enough to stumble into the art and craft of self-observation:

I feel I’ve managed to get out of the major life ruts we humans tend to fall into…

… just in time to set the stage for a much more enjoyable passage into the next stage of life.

Speaking of self-observation, here’s what I really wish I’d discovered sooner:


4.1 Not Learning To Meditate Sooner Created
Years Of Unnecessary Suffering


Frankly, every minute spent in meditation is the best investment of time and energy in the world.

And I wish I’d taken it more seriously sooner.

I first learned about it in Grade 12 English.

Our teacher took us through a guided meditation out of the blue.

I’m not sure why he didn’t do it at the beginning of every class.

But it made sense to me then and although it would be many years yet before I got into it seriously, the practice made a mark.

However, I’m a skeptic at heart. And I need science that makes sense before I take action on certain things.

And I just didn’t know that a lot of science supports a number of the meditative practices I had dismissed. Like these reports on how to improve concentration and memory Buddha-style.

To be fair, a significant amount of the science I needed to discover wasn’t out there yet.

And the Internet, as dangerous as it can be for taking action, wasn’t around to make it discoverable.

Plus, I was in that deadly hunter-gatherer mode that leads us to “save data for later” in the form of books marks and other dangerous tools of forgetting.


Why There Truly Is Happiness Beyond Thought


And it wasn’t until a friend told me about Happiness Beyond Thought by Gary Weber that I ordered a print copy of the book and gobbled it down in a way that never happens online.

(Thanks to Ben at Project Monkey Mind for the wind I needed in my sails!)

At least for me, it was important to get the physical copy.

Reading it would never have happened online because it’s just too twitchy a space for me to get any reading done.

Anyhow, Weber gave some solid science.

And he explained how research reveals certain yoga moves are more likely to help men for some reason.

Yet, oddly enough, a number of those moves tend to be practiced more often by women.

Meanwhile, men lock themselves into poor results because they tend to be more attracted to the cerebral brain exercise-type meditation.

Lo and behold, I gave some of these more movement based meditations a try.

And before you know it, I was enjoying PNSEs like there’s no tomorrow (Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience).

At first, these experiences scared me.


How I Escaped My “Dark Night Of The Soul”


I guess you could say I had what some people call a “Dark Night Of The Soul.”

It lasted for almost a year.

Across this period of time, I mainly experienced the oneness that the non-dualist Advaita Vedanta-types talk about.

And frankly… I didn’t like it.

For awhile, I couldn’t even understand the point of being alive at all given the conclusions this experience raised in me.

But then…

With consistent, persistent practice…

The warm soft glow Gary Weber talks about started to emerge.

It wasn’t like other stories where it just suddenly happens.

It was a soft glowing ember.

I have to keep blowing on it.

But it gets warmer and warmer.

And the more I explore the techniques and add kindling to the ember, the warmer this glow grows.

I almost can’t believe how amazing it all is…

I never want it to end.

And I want the whole world to have this feeling.

So to conclude this long 41st birthday blog post, here’s basically what I’ve been doing to grow this ember.

I have a feeling it will work for you too, even if it takes a while.


How You Can Meditate For Focus, Concentration, Memory & An Incredible Sense Of Well-Being In Just 15 Minutes A Day


1. I start the day with some simple stretching and movement.

I learned a lot of these moves years ago from Scott Sonnen and later in Systema.

2. I do some journaling.

Often I use The Freedom Journal. But I also use a number of different journals at the same time. It helps keep thoughts organized.

The Freedom Journal image

The point is to reserve some of your journaling for gratitude and another part for describing what I call the “Perfect Present.”

Basically, you just write out the way you want things to be.

And test your description for honesty by doing it multiple times.

3. I do three kinds of stretches I discovered in Happiness Beyond Thought.

The first just involves touching your toes.

The second is a kind of cow-tow thingy.

The third is like a sun dog yoga stretch

4. Breathing routines

I usually start by breathing in for a count of five, holding for a count of five and then exhaling for a count of five.

I do this until I feel centered.

Then I do this:

Next, I do breath withholding.

This involves breathing in for a count of 5, holding for a count of 16 (or four rounds of Sa Ta Na Ma), then breathing out for a count of eight.

I usually do this twice.

Finally, I will do the same count as before, but this time hold for sixteen with the lungs empty.

Weird, I know, but it helps to step all kinds of problems, including self punishment.

5. Number-Skipping with breathing

Next, I practice number-skipping.

I will inhale to the count of one, then breath in but suppress the thought of two, followed by counting the third breath.

This practice amounts in some ways to the “don’t think of a red cat” game. The very question practically forces you to think of a red cat.

And yet… strangely enough, it is possible to “skip” counting numbers by replacing them with the awareness that you are deliberately not counting the number.

So the number is there and it isn’t there.

This exercise is excellent for developing focus, concentrate and presence.

6. Language learning and memory training

We know that language learning helps develop white and grey matter in the brain. There’s even scientific proof for why bilingualism makes for a healthier brain.

That’s not the reason I do it, but I believe that spending at least a little bit of time every on language learning using memory techniques is part of the sense of well-being I experience.

It’s effortless to do. I talk a lot about it in this live discussion of using The Freedom Journal in combination with the Magnetic Memory Method:

7. Juggling

I don’t practice juggling every day, but I find the benefits incredible for developing focus and a feeling of well-being.

ThinkBuzan juggling balls from Tony Buzan

And check back here soon. I’m collecting footage for a little documentary about learning to juggle and recite the alphabet backwards. It’s kind of like juggling balls and thoughts at the same time.

And anyone can do it.


Anyone Can Experience Bliss


Well, that’s basically what I’ve done each and every day of my fortieth year.

It’s basically what I plan to do each and every day of my forty-first year too.

I wish I’d been doing it all along.

And I’m not going to fall prey to all of that “no regrets” nonsense.

No, I don’t really regret it…

But by the same token, I really do.

The past really could have been a lot better had I known to do these things sooner.

And if any of these suggestions make sense to you, I suggest taking action on them.

The sooner the better so that you can see what works and dismiss what doesn’t.

Failure to take action and try things is not to know.

Ignorance is most certainly not bliss.

Avoid it like the devil.

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We all make mistakes in life. Here are 4 that were burned into my memory over the past forty years. They come to mind as I celebrate my 41st birthday. I hope these thoughts help you avoid making similar mistakes! :) We all make mistakes in life. Here are 4 that were burned into my memory over the past forty years. They come to mind as I celebrate my 41st birthday. I hope these thoughts help you avoid making similar mistakes! :) Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:10:07
The Freedom Journal For Language Learning: The Ultimate 10-Step Guide Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:05:44 +0000 6 <p>Have you ever thought about using a journal to help you be more accountable as you learn a language? The Freedom Journal is the best I've ever seen, and here's a 10-step guide for how to use it to help you learn any language.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Freedom Journal For Language Learning: The Ultimate 10-Step Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> The Freedom Journal… sounds ambitious right?

Well, what if I told you that I’ve discovered profound memory benefits from journaling for language learning, including boosts in physical and emotional wellbeing?

Benefits that definitely deserve the word “freedom.”

That’s what I am going to tell you about.

And it’s all happening right now in this step-by-step guide. This page will show you how to use The Freedom Journal to experience multiple levels of mental freedom while using it to learn a language with consistency and confidence.

The best part?

You don’t have to journal blindly.

You don’t have to start from scratch or wonder exactly how you’re going to chart your path towards improved fluency.

You just have to:

  1. Click play on the podcast above. John Lee Dumas himself is on this episode of the MMM Podcast to help explain how this amazing tool came into existence.
  2. Grab yourself your very own Freedom Journal (ideally in print for the fullest brain benefits).

Then, have the language you want to learn…

A couple of Memory Palaces…

5-10 minutes in the morning, another 5-10 in the evening…

And you’re ready to experience brain benefits and fluency like never before.


Let’s go!


A (Very) Brief History Of Journaling


You know what journaling is, right?

Your words. About you. On paper.

Or written inside a digital document. Take your pick.

More carefully defined:

A journal (or diary) is a place you store entries on a daily or near-daily basis.

It is voluntary, helps you put problems to rest and keep yourself moving forward.

You can journal to maintain flow, learn more about yourself and use the Magnetic Memory Method better as you go.

Or, like the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote in Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν (To Myself), you can journal purely to capture your thoughts.

These days, “To Myself’ is known as Meditations. Aurelius wrote it in the second half of the 2nd century AD and, even though this book started as his journal, it is still a bestseller today.

Here’s the important point:

Journaling is powerful and the practice has stood the test of time.


Therapeutic Journaling And How
It Can Help You Learn A Language


Did you know that in the 1980s, James Pennabaker’s expressive writing paradigm opened scientists onto a whole new world of understanding what makes journaling so good for your health?

He started by looking at journaling as a tool for helping people deal with trauma.

Episodic Memory Short Term or Long term

But soon after that, dozens and soon hundreds of studies started to appear showing similar effects.

A lot of them are gathered up and synthesized in one of my favorite books of all time, 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute.

Sounds like hype, right?

It isn’t.

Wiseman is one of the best science writers of our era and if you want the hard data on why journaling, ideally by hand on paper, works so much magic, you’ll want to read 59 Seconds.

Here’s why all this matters:


Journaling Makes You Feel Better And Remember More


Feeling better literally helps you remember more because the absence of pain is an incredible way to increase your focus and concentration.

And that is a huge help when you’re learning a language.

That said, if you don’t feel frustrated or discouraged, then maybe you don’t need journaling.

But before you decide, check out these…


3 Warning Signs That Scream You Need Journaling To Succeed With Language Learning


We’ve talked before about these 15 Reasons Why Learning A Foreign Language Is Good For Your Brain.

And the reason you need at least bilingualism in your life is simple:

Learning a language is excellent for the resilience of the white and grey matter in your brain.

The ongoing use of other languages creates has been shown to fend off Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

(So long as you’re not reducing your results with Digital Amnesia and self-deception about your attention-span.)

But often, scientific proof isn’t enough to create significant motivation for language learning.

In fact, you might be experiencing one of these 3 warning signs that you need journaling for Language Learning.


1. You’re Not Consistent


There’s no doubt about it:

Learning a language takes time plus consistency.

Consistency is a skill, and for many of us (including me), not always one that shows up on autopilot.

Journaling can help.


2. You Struggle With Organizing Your Time


Let’s be honest:

Time is a slippery fish.

Yes, yes, we all know the old line:

“Everybody gets the same 24 hours a day.”

But you know what’s so maddening about that cliche?

Even if it’s true…

Not everyone has your life situation, nor your obligations!

Journaling (with the right journal) can help you find a tailor made solution.


3. You Forget Where You Left Off
(And Even Why You’re On The Journey)


Do you know why artists use sketchbooks?

Yeah, they’re convenient. Duh.

But they’re also a time machine.

They reveal the ongoing progress and serve as reminders of where things need to go.

And just as an artist needs to see the development of their strokes and abilities with shading…

So too do they need clues about what to work on next.

It’s exactly the same with language learning.

With a journal, you can look both forward and back into the past with ease.


How To Stop Gambling With Your Language Learning Success



C’mon, Dr. Memory. Isn’t that a rather theatrical way to put it?

Not if you value your time.

After all, every minute you spend learning a language only to forget what you’ve learned…

Frustrates you.

Demotivates you.

Chips away at your resilience and makes it harder and harder to succeed.


Enter John Lee Dumas And The Freedom Journal


All of a sudden one of the most impressive Kickstarter campaigns I have ever seen was everywhere.

Great videos and images were talking about how to gauge your pace by setting proper goals and breaking them up into sprints.

I’d already been journaling for years.

I’d already seen variations on the “regimented journal” many times before.

But The Freedom Journal was different.

I instantly saw how it could help language learners.

And, quite frankly, I was pretty sure it could help me too.

Because if there’s one thing I hate above all things…

It’s gambling with my time!


My First Experiment (And MASSIVE Success)
With The Freedom Journal


Learning a language is a big project.

And I had just started with Chinese at the time.

But I had another project I knew I had to get off my shoulders.

The Zeigarnick Effect it was giving me had gotten far too strong.

The course is called Genre Frameworks and I’m delighted that it’s finally done.

But before I sought help from The Freedom Journal, this incomplete project was interfering with my mental space for Chinese and a few other things.

So I decided to see if I could bolt the two things things together:

1) Finally get one of my old Film Studies lecture courses into video format and…

2) Learn enough Chinese to ask April’s dad for his blessing to get married. After a bit of small talk, of course.

All while still showing up for my day job, which involves:

…wearing the 9000 other hats stubborn entrepreneurs with a massive vision for improving lives around the world gladly heap onto their heads.

No matter what your calling, perhaps you can relate to be being busy in your own life too?

At any stage of your career, or in any life situation, you really can get multiple things done if you have a plan and follow a structure.

So to pull of these two projects while still keeping the Magnetic Memory Method ship rolling along without skipping a beat, here’s what I did:


How The Freedom Journal Helps You
Take Charge Of Your Time & Memory


The Freedom Journal starts off by helping you define a goal that you:

a) Want to achieve

b) Can achieve within 100 days

It walks you through a simple process for “fact checking” yourself so that you’re not stacking the chips against you and your project.

Remember, no one likes to gamble with time.

When you do, you always lose.

With the Magnetic Memory Method on my side, and all the things I’ve learned from Olly Richards about how to consistently get quick victories with language learning courses, I hopped on a call with my Chinese tutor.

I booked every single session with my tutor in advance, another little trick I learned from Olly to “brute force” your way into showing up consistently.

Using the Magnetic Memory Method Vocabulary Builder in combination with The Freedom Journal, we charted out a course for the next 100 days with 2-3 speaking sessions per week.

Using the Freedom Journal, I broke the 100 day mission into 10-day sprints.

For language learning, that process looks like this:


1. The Rule of Ten Magnetic Memory Palaces


Create 10 Memory Palaces with no less than 10 Magnetic Stations (ideally a bit more than 10 to give yourself some breathing room and fend off Memory Palace Scarcity).

Then keep creating Memory Palaces for the spatial memory benefits.


2. The Rule of Ten Words Per Memory Palace


In each of these Memory Palaces, memorize 10 words per day.

If you’re more advanced, you can immediately add phrases to each word.

If you’re not yet skilled enough with memory techniques, do this instead:

Focus on individual words for the first 2-3 sprints. By the time you hit your stride in 2-3 weeks, you’ll easily be able to memorize both core vocabulary and entire phrases.


3. The Rule of Journaling Every Day


The Freedom Journal is so valuable because on a time budget of just two pages a day, you get all the emotional benefits and psychological benefits discussed in the scientific research that supports the benefits of journaling.

You also get the art sketchbook effect where you can see your progress over time and comfortably predict the future.

And by the end of the 100 days, you’ll have 100 words and anywhere from 50-80 phrases in long term memory.


A Detailed Anatomy Of The Freedom Journal
For Language Learning


Part One: Conquer the Morning, Conquer the Day

Step-by-step, here’s how a typical morning using The Freedom Journal works:

1. A Powerful and Inspiring Quote

First, you get what I’ve come to think of as a “Mindset Adjuster.”

It’s a great way of thinking positively and remembering the things that really matter. Many of them are worth committing to memory too.

The Freedom Journal for Language Learning Magnetic Memory Method Full

 2. Quick Reflection

Next, you reflect on what makes you grateful.

Now, you might be wondering…

Does gratitude actually work?

The answer is “absolutely.”

Again, 59 Seconds is great reading for the proof, but you can also check out Dr. Erin Olivo.

The way she describes journaling really resonates with me:

Journaling has been demonstrated beyond doubt to create greater levels of happiness. Thus, happiness is a choice.

Bonus tip: Over deliver on gratitude by pushing for as much as you can. When you realize how lucky you are to have things like food and water, it’s gets pretty difficult to focus on the wee bit of effort learning a language takes.

After all, you could be wandering through the desert under the weight of two barely functioning buckets instead of reading this post on a mobile phone on the bus or in a Starbucks, right?

3. Break The Steps Down

The Freedom Journal for Language Learning Magnetic Memory Method Image Four

Yes, The Freedom Journal asks you to do this every day.

For really long projects like the one I completed, I’ll be honest with you…

It got a little tedious.

But I practice what I preach, so I’m going to put my Nikes on before I climb the soap box:

Just. Do. It.

The cumulative effects of reminding yourself of what needs to be done are powerful.

4. Action Plan


On the day you see pictured here, I’d already done most of my language learning activities. You likely won’t fill it out at the exact same time every day either.

But that’s the beauty of it all:

By checking in with The Freedom Journal daily, you develop the habit of translating your journaling into action. So keep journaling and filling these parts out even after they become second nature to reinforce them.

And if you’re wondering about exactly what I did with my language learning ritual, check out Mandarin Chinese Mnemonics And Morning Memory Secrets.

Basically, it works like this:

Come already prepared with the vocabulary and/or phrases you want to memorize ready to go with your Memory Palace for the day already drawn in The Freedom Journal. See Part Two for more.

5. Morning Mind Relief

We know from many creativity studies that a quick switch to something else helps keep you sharp.

And so part of the genius of The Freedom Journal is that it gives you something else to think about for your creative projects by suggesting a resource each and every day.

Even if you already use the tool under recommendation, it triggers ideas. And that’s good for your brain.


Part Two: Conquer the Evening, Conquer the Morning

6. Record Your Wins & Your Memory Palaces

At the end of the day, I love listing two quick wins as structured by The Freedom Journal.

And by luck, fate or some other level of synchronicity, there’s just enough room in the corner to sketch out most Memory Palaces.

But any time I needed more space, no problem. I would just use one of my Memory Journals or Mind Mapping journals, like the kind you see in this video:


7. Acknowledge Any Struggles

We all have blind spots.

And that means we keep bumping into obstacles.

Or maybe it’s physical pain, like I was struggling with at the time.

But reflecting on what we might not be seeing can be huge for opening up even the most bruised and blackened eyes.

And as they sometimes say, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

Or in the case of chronic pain, acknowledging it and owning it is the best way to get over it and move forward.

I certainly wasn’t going to let my psoriatic arthritis symptoms get in the way.

So if you want to finally rule over your obstacles and issues, this part of The Freedom Journal will help.

8. Prime The Future For Success

If it’s true that conquering the morning will help you conquer the day, then this is also true:

Conquer the morning before you hit the sheets.

The Mastery Journal, which is the “sequel” to The Freedom Journal has additional tools for making every tomorrow successful.

But if you’ve been thinking Freedom Journal vs Mastery Journal, my suggestion is to start with The Freedom Journal and graduate upwards from there.

Seriously, even just this little “tomorrow priming” section can make a huge difference. You can use it to pump yourself up or even make a quick action plan for the following day.

9. More Musing

Please don’t dismiss this step:

There’s tons of science that demonstrates just how good mind wandering really is for the human brain.

You can literally allow yourself to just write anything.

For more of the evidence supporting musing and mind wandering as a deliberate practice, check out Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

10. The Freedom Journal’s Hidden Asset For Magnetic Language Learners

No, it’s not a huge amount of space.

But I knew it would be just enough the instant I saw it.

And it’s just right for 10 words.

Plus, if you do the math, 10 words over 100 days is 1000 words.


1000 Words Memorized In 100 Days? 
Totally Doable!


Well chosen (perhaps using the MMM Vocabulary Builder), developed into phrases and used in combination with The Big Five Of Language Learning…

… even just 500 words based on a 50% accuracy rate will represent an enormous boost in fluency.

Most people who really get into memory techniques, however, will have a 85-90% retention rate, which is massive compared to rote learning studies.

And even if the best can still get around 40% retention from rote learning using either index cards and Spaced Repetition Softwares, these approaches:

1) Cannot scale the way a solid Memory Palace practice quickly compounds over time

2) Take way too long and way too much discipline for the effects to settle in (for most people)

3) Bore the tears out of the majority of learners

Again, some people get on just fine with rote learning. There’s even a science to it that many polyglots have mastered.

But even polyglots use memory techniques, especially for what they call the Stubborn Quintile.


Your First 10 Days With The Freedom Journal For Language Study


Most people don’t want to be polyglots, however. They’d be happy to get traction in just one language and grow from there.

To that end, here’s a quick suggestion for your first 10 days using The Freedom Journal:

Start with the pronouns. Like this (noting that some languages may not have each of these in play):

Day One:



Day Two:



Day Three:

No one


Day Four:



Days Five-Ten: 

Go back and add phrases to each of these core vocabulary words.


Still Skeptical?… Good!


If you’re still skeptical that mnemonics can work for you, well… skepticism is good and will help you improve your memory.

And if you need extra discipline, then The Freedom Journal in combination with the process you’ve just learned is a way to get it.


Just dive in. The map is definitely not the territory here. But The Freedom Journal is excellent for helping you create the map as you navigate the territory. One day a time.



The Freedom Journal Gives You A Pat On
The Back From The People Who Matter Most


Can you guess who the first person is?

That’s right:

It’s you.

You’re the one gets to enjoy a massive boost in fluency.

You’re the one who gets to relax into better conversations and reading experiences.

Not to mention going to the movies and listening to music in the language you’re studying.

And you can do it all while completing more than one project.

The other people are your family.

Your friends.

Your tribe.

The ones who notice and appreciate your success.

Because the pat on the back I needed?

Well, I’ve always like that phrase, “too cool for school.”

And even though it still breaks my heart a little that I don’t have a traditional university to call home…

Using The Freedom Journal, I not only reached my goal with Chinese and set the foundation for speaking the language with my new family…


The Most Portable Language Learning Tool In The World


I also got that dang video course off my back. (Without breaking my back either.)

And with that massive project finally done, I now have the means to grow a completely new tribe with whom I get to talk about things other than memory.

And in 100 days, I completely edited each and every lecture, which included getting the book version manuscript nearly print-ready. (It’s called Genre Frameworks: How To Understand The Structure, Story And Symbolism In Any Movie)

In that same 100 days, April helped me shoot each and every video for the online course version.

And we still managed to take a trip around Europe too, The Freedom Journal forever close at hand:

In sum:

The Magnetic Memory Method snaps together very nicely with The Freedom Journal.

You can get The Freedom Journal and then click the graphic below to get my free Memory Improvement Kit to learn how to create and use Memory Palaces:

So what do you say?

Do you think that The Freedom Journal could help you learn a language?

I’m confident it will and can’t wait to hear your success story.

And you still have doubts, here’s a replay of a live version of this post to show you how I use The Freedom Journal in practice and answer any questions you may have:

And now you know how to use The Freedom Journal, let me ask you this:

If you’re struggling to learn a language, wouldn’t even one word a day feel incredible?

No matter where you’re at now, this incredible journaling tool can help. Dive in and grab your own Freedom Journal here now!

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Have you ever thought about using a journal to help you be more accountable as you learn a language? The Freedom Journal is the best I've ever seen, and here's a 10-step guide for how to use it to help you learn any language. Have you ever thought about using a journal to help you be more accountable as you learn a language? The Freedom Journal is the best I've ever seen, and here's a 10-step guide for how to use it to help you learn any language. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:13:07
Episodic Memory And How To Improve It: A Step-By-Step Training Guide Thu, 08 Feb 2018 04:03:26 +0000 8 <p>Episodic memory loss is a terrible thing, but luckily there are easy and fun exercises. Read this now to learn a 4-step process you can use to exercise your episodic memory and improve it fast!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Episodic Memory And How To Improve It: A Step-By-Step Training Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of young woman at a graduation to illustrate a concept in episodic memoryDoes your episodic memory help you remember your first prom?

You wore a lovely turquoise gown, your mom couldn’t stop smiling, and your dad was delighted to meet your date. It was a fantastic evening, right?


Let’s just say, that’s how you remember it.

If you ask your mom, on the other hand, she would say:

“It was a frantic evening. You couldn’t decide what to wear and were almost in tears when the hair-rollers wouldn’t set in. More annoyingly, your dad was upset about your date and was being difficult”.

Each person remembers a specific event in his or her unique way – this is called your episodic memory.

By definition, episodic memory involves the recollection of specific events, situations, and experiences.

Episodic Memory Examples Are Easy To Find


Examples of episodic memory would include your memory of your first day of school or your first kiss. Apart from your overall recall of the event itself, episodic memories also involve your memory of the location and time that the event occurred.

For another powerful episodic memory example, please watch this video. It includes some powerful exercises that will help you improve your episodic memory too:

Someone else’s recollection of that same event or experience would be different (maybe not as dramatically different as your prom night, but different nevertheless).

If you want to remember past events in its full technicolor details, you must strengthen your episodic memory.

Keen on storing everyday information in an easily retrievable place? Here’s a quick demo of how to use Memory Palace to store information that matters to you:



Are Episodic Memories And Autobiographical Memories The Same?


Not exactly!

Autobiographical and episodic memories are personal memories from the past.

However, autobiographical memory is more general, for example, when you recall the street name of a house growing up.

On the other hand, episodic memory is more specific to time. 

Image to illustrate how time is related to episodic memory

It’s like remembering your 13th birthday party that took place on a particular street. (Electromagnetic Differences in the Brain during Memory Retrieval, Warren Scott Merrifield, 2007)

In effect, although autobiographical memory involves episodic memory, it also relies on semantic memory. For instance, you can remember the city you were born in and the date, but you wouldn’t have any specific memories of being born.


Here’s A Fascinating Fact:


Research into links between memory and handedness suggest that ambidextrous people (who can perform some tasks with one hand and some with the other) tend to show better autobiographical memory than people who perform almost all tasks with either one hand or the other.

In contrast to autobiographical and episodic memories, semantic memory refers to the understanding of factual knowledge that is not connected to any specific time and place. For example, the knowledge that the sky is blue. Semantic memory is similar to looking an item up in the dictionary.

Often an individual has no specific recollection, or thoughts of re-experiencing, the event in which the semantic information was acquired; therefore, semantic memories are thought to be “known” rather than “remembered” (McKoon, Ratcliff, & Dell, 1986).

Episodic Memory + Semantic Memory = Declarative Memory


Episodic memory and semantic memory together makeup part of your long-term memory and are known as declarative memory.

But before a memory is cemented into long-term memory as episodic memory, it must pass through the semantic memory, noted Endel Tulving of the University of Toronto in his book, Elements of Episodic Memory.

Endel Tulving Elements of Episodic Memory

Tulving and colleagues (Habib, Nyberg, & Tulving, 2003) reviewed a large body of neuroimaging research to develop the Hemispheric Encoding and Retrieval Model (HERA).

According to HERA, the left prefrontal cortex (PFC) is more involved than right PFC in episodic memory encoding while the right PFC is more involved than left PFC in episodic memory retrieval.

As the left hemisphere is related to semantic processing, encoding of the episodic information appears to involve the semantic network. (Intensive Semantic Memory Training: A Comparison to Traditional Episodic Memory Therapy in TBI, Elisabeth C. D’Angelo, 2016)


Lost & Found:
The Incredible Sense Of Episodic Memory


In the 1913 novel In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust describes an interesting scene.

Proust in Search of Lost Time

The protagonist of the novel, upon tasting a Madeleine cake for the first time in many years, is overcome with a sudden change in his thoughts, emotions, and overall internal mental state.

Initially, he struggles to define the change that has occurred. Soon, and with conscious mental effort, he is able to identify what change has overcome him: he has retrieved an episodic memory.

The memory was of his youth when his Aunt used to serve him the small cake at her kitchen table. (Spatiotemporal Dynamics Of Neural Activity During Human Episodic Memory Encoding and Retrieval, John F. Burke, 2014)

And it’s a memory that involves all the senses, just like we talk about with the Magnetic Modes:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation


How Are Episodic Memories Formed?


Forming episodic memories is not an easy recipe. Several individual steps are involved, each of which requires activating distinct regions of the brain.

The first step is called encoding, a process that your brain follows each time you form a new episodic memory.

The next step is consolidation, where the information moves from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. This enables the memory to become strongly ingrained so that it is not lost even if the brain suffers any impairment.

The final process involves the recall. Under this process, information about a specific incident is retrieved. Sometimes recollection from long-term memory is effortless, while other times it may need a trigger – such as a word, an image or even a smell.


Why You Need To Improve Your Episodic Memory


In everyday life, episodic memories come to our rescue all the time. They are essential to recall the name of someone you have previously met, remember the current date, or remember to go to your dentist’s appointment.

Image to illustrate improving Episodic Memory for Short Term or Long term memory

Episodic memories also enable you to recall and reminisce personal experiences that are an important part of your life with other people who were part of those events. Such memories create a sense of personal history as well as a shared history with other individuals in your life.

More importantly, episodic memories allow you to “travel back in time” (Tulving, 2002) and be consciously aware of a re-experience of important life experiences.


Is There An Episodic Memory Advantage For People With ADHD? 


Recent research by Jeffrey S. Skowronek revealed that children with ADHD showed deficits in working memory but showed equal or enhanced performance on long-term episodic tasks.

“When discussing a special-event in their life, children with ADHD provided lengthier and more descriptive narratives. This ability to recall very specific details results in a successful and impressive account of the event, rich both in event-specific details as well as semantically related knowledge”. (Long-term Episodic Memory in Children With Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Jeffrey S. Skowronek, 2005)

Then there’s Jonathan Levi’s frank discussion of ADD, which I’m confident you will find a compelling listen when it comes to how he uses his episodic memory to deal with this issue.


Why Is This So Important?


Put it this way:

If you could strengthen your episodic memory, you would be able to remember better details about past experiences and events.

A stronger episodic memory would also result in improved long-term memory in students – enabling them to do better in studies.

More importantly, strengthening your episodic memory would also enable you to perform better in all aspects of your life starting today.

However, episodic memory function is extremely susceptible to cerebral aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Just check out Jennie Gorman’s memory loss story:

Think about this, though:

The older you get, the more events you witness and the more experiences you acquire. If you could retain and recall all those memories in detail, imagine how rich a repertoire of knowledge and experience you would have to pass on to the next generation.

You may not be able to control aging, but there are ways to ensure your brain stays young and healthy even as the years pile on. And of course you can learn memory techniques any time to help improve your memory for studying.

How To Improve Episodic Memory


Exercise your brain. Regularly.


That is the most effective strategy to improve memory and retention.

But here’s the catch:

To get tangible results, your brain exercises must be targeted towards specific goals.

Playing brain exercise games on your “smartphone” is not necessarily brain exercise. Nor will doing crossword puzzles keep your brain young and active.

Instead of improving your brain in its entirety, playing crossword puzzles or brain games on a handset will only improve your abilities for those games.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just check out all the people on this live call who agreed:

What’s the solution?

Watch movies.

No, I am serious! Hear me out as I explain in detail How to Increase Memory By Watching Movies & Series.

The next time you watch a movie, give it your entire attention with the intent to remember more.

That’s the first step.

According to Harry Lorayne, (who always tells great stories)memory ability begins and ends with our attention.

Harry Lorayne Episodic Memory Magnetic Memory Method

If you do an activity like watching a TV series or a movie with the intention of remembering more details, you’ll have already given yourself a memory boost.


4 Step-By-Step Strategies To Improve Memory
And Retention Using Movies


1. Watch the movie and try to remember the beginning, middle, and end of the plot with some details about the characters: names, clothes, objects they handled, houses they lived in, street names, maybe even dialogues.

If you’re interested in learning more about memorizing plot points, check out this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast on memorizing plot points.

2. Next, retell the entire story to a friend or your partner. (Just make sure it’s not a movie they have been waiting to watch themselves. It can be extremely hazardous to reveal plot spoilers!)

3. For added benefits, verbally recount the movie and then write down a description. This will exercise more parts of your memory and deeply improve recall.

4. Another related method is to listen to your friend retell the latest episode of your favorite show. Commit to memory at least three major pieces of information from that story as your friend tells it to you.


This Memory Strategy Works Amazing For Adults


Next time you meet someone, memorize four details about that person – like what they are wearing or how they order their coffee.

I learned about this when I discussed Memory Improvement Tips With Dr. Gary Small.

This simple method of observation with intent and then detailed recall will strengthen your episodic memory and enable you to become a better observer of the world around you.


Add A Memory Palace


There’s more:

If you want a guaranteed method that will improve your episodic and semantic memory as well as autobiographical memory, build Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

Unlike mind mapping, which unlocks multiple intelligences, a Magnetic Memory Method Memory Palace approach does that and more.

This incredible combination of intelligence and memory strengthening is very powerful because, combined with Recall Rehearsal, the holistic process lets you move information from short-term memory into long-term memory faster.

All you have to do is add the details from movies, or from people you meet in the streets to your Memory Palace.

Even better:

While you can use all other memory techniques inside of Memory Palaces, it never happens the other way around. For instance, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.

If you choose this memory training technique…

Click the link below to get started:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course


Be Mindful Of Your Surroundings  

No, not this kind of mindful (though meditation for memory and focus will certainly help):

Just be mindful of the things around you and repeat the stories that surround them to exercise your episodic memory.

Being mindful and paying attention to everyday events is essential to creating complete memories and useful recall of information.

The more mindful you are throughout the day, the more attention you’ll pay. The more attention you pay, the more naturally and effortlessly you’ll store events and facts you experience into your episodic memory.

And remember, it all happens in time, with a beginning, middle and an end.

And when you combine mindfulness with the magic of Memory Palaces you can move information into long-term memory faster and with predictable and reliable permanence.

Sounds good, right?

Now if only you could remember what you got Uncle Alan for his last birthday, you can save yourself the embarrassment of sending him the ‘crazy uncle’ mug for the fifth time!

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Coconut Oil and Memory: Can It Boost Your Brain? [Advanced Study] Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:14:45 +0000 10 <p>Is coconut oil good for memory and memory improvement? In this advanced study, you'll discover the truth about coconut oil and memory.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Coconut Oil and Memory: Can It Boost Your Brain? [Advanced Study]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Coconut Oil and Memory Can It Boost Your Brain Magnetic Memory MethodIs coconut oil good for memory?

Well, many people think that a diet rich in coconut oil is essential to prevent brain fog, memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.


Here’s the thing:

For years, coconut oil has been been a staple in ketogenic diets for its high fat levels and low carbohydrate content.

Interestingly, a 2016 study by Klaus W.Lange and his team revealed that “both the direct administration of ketone bodies and the use of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets have been shown to be efficacious in animal models of AD (Alzheimer’s disease) and clinical trials with AD patients.”

But there’s a catch…

The study stated that “the mechanism underlying the efficacy of ketogenic diets remains unclear, but some evidence points to the normalization of aberrant energy metabolism. At present there is only limited evidence of the usefulness of ketogenic diets in AD.”

Don’t get deterred through…

There are other foods that improve memory well worth checking out too.

And yes, I like to cook with it myself, such as when making my Memory Friendly Chocolate Pancakes With Cacao Powder:

But despite being a wonderful ingredient in memory recipes like ours at the Magnetic Memory Method Headquarters in Brisbane, one question remains…

How vital is coconut oil in boosting your brain?

Let’s find out. Starting with:


The History Of Coconut Oil And Its Link With A Healthy Brain


Settlers in tropical countries used all parts of the coconut tree.

The leaves were weaved into baskets and mats, the sap of the flowers used to create syrups and the meat of the coconut served as food. Gradually, the settlers pressed coconut meat to produce coconut oil.

For at least 2000 years, coconut oil has been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used to heal wounds, treat hair fall, as a skin moisturiser and sunscreen, taken as a health tonic and even considered beneficial for the heart.

You could say coconut oil was the ‘swiss army knife of medicine’.

But there’s the kicker…

Despite its rich history, coconut oil is not used as extensively as it used to be.


In the 1950s physiologist Ancel Keys discovered that hydrogenated oils had saturated fat which was responsible for heart disease.

Remember, hydrogenated coconut vegetable oil was used extensively for cooking at that time.

In response, the vegetable oil industry blamed saturated fats in processed coconut oil and gave it a bad name.

The tactic worked and throughout the 1950s and 60s coconut oil was replaced by polyunsaturated vegetable oils.


New Discovery Brings Coconut Oil To The Forefront Again


Half a century after Dr. Keys discovery, scientists found that Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which are present in coconut oil can improve memory for Alzheimer patients.

That again changed public perception of this humble oil.

In a 2004 study, elderly subjects were fed either MCT oil or a placebo at random. Subjects who had symptoms of Alzheimer’s showed an immediate improvement on the paragraph recall memory test after consuming the MCT solution.

Alzheimer's Disease What If There Was A Cure Magnetic Memory Method Coconut Oil

Then in 2008, Dr. Mary Newport – who was researching possible treatments for her husband diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – came across the patent application for Ketasyn (which contains MCT), which stated that the oil was derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil.

Here’s where it gets interesting:

Dr. Newport fed her husband around 35 grams of coconut oil each day.

In her popular article “WHAT IF THERE WAS A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND NO ONE KNEW?”, she described rapid change in her husband’s behavior two months after the treatment.

From the case study by Dr. Newport:

“He walks into the kitchen every morning alert and happy, talkative, making jokes. He is able to concentrate on things that he wants to do around the house and in the yard and stay on task, whereas before coconut oil he was easily distractible and rarely accomplished anything unless I supervised him directly.”

So the question is:

Will guzzling gallons of coconut oil result in improved mental alertness?

Before we answer that let’s understand the connection between coconut oil and ketones.


The Ketones Story: How to Power Your Brain


Our body uses glucose to power brain cells under normal circumstances. If there is no glucose available, our body burns fats to produce ketones which are then transported to the brain.

However in case of Alzheimer’s and dementia, your brain cells tend to resist glucose, and won’t function effectively.

PET scans have shown that areas of the brain which resist glucose, use ketones as an alternative source of energy.

Why does this matter?

Coconut oils consists 60% of MCTs which contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) that release ketones when burnt.

The Popularity Of Coconut Oil:
Is It All Just A Marketing Gimmick?


It seems a lot of popularity of using coconut oil for memory loss is based on Dr Newport’s research.

On September 27, 2011, Dr. Mary Newport published Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?

The book detailed her husband’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and how regularly consuming coconut oil drastically improved her his condition.

Notice the spike in coconut oil searches on March 2012, a few months after the release.

Image showing traffic stats on the keyword Coconut Oil after the idea it helps with Alzheimer's went viral

Coincidence? Maybe not.

It’s quite possible that her positive experiences with coconut oil treatment was a ray of hope for families with Alzheimer patients.

In their bleak situation, it’s understandable that families would try anything for the wellbeing of their loved ones.


Just How Bleak Is Alzheimer’s Really?


Trust me, it’s bleak.


Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and one of the earliest and most distinctive aspects of Alzheimer’s is its effect on memory.

And so far…

There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s.

We do have these 3 Things To Remember About Alzheimer’s, however.

Plus, there are a few treatments and medications to help manage the disease.

But here’s the problem:

The costs of these treatments can be an additional burden on families. On the other hand, being so inexpensive, coconut oil treatment seems like an attractive option.


Coconut Oil… A Miracle Cure?


And under such circumstances, it is understandable that families wanting a miracle cure will grasp anything that even remotely suggests a cure.

No wonder, Dr. Newport’s studies were treated as the gospel truth. Soon after, hundreds of families reported that coconut oil improved their family member’s symptoms.

Their claims were not as dramatic as Steve Newport’s progress, but any development was hailed as positive. Especially improvements to episodic memory because we use this to share the stories of our lives.

This is a common psychological phenomenon…

We tend to see or believe what we want to see.

The Newport’s story was so remarkable that it was even featured on CBN.

Soon after this report appeared, the coconut oil fad reached its peak.


Is Coconut Oil A Superfood?


Some sure like to say so.

Coconut oil is marketed as a superfood. A few health bloggers claim that coconut oil can improve mental performance, support the immune system and improve digestion.

Companies even sell coconut oil pills.

Will popping an oil pill make you smarter, boost your memory and keep that brain fog away?

The truth is harder to swallow..

Dr. Newport states that a person needs to take fourteen 1 g pills to receive the same effect as 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

That is a lot of pills even for the most ardent pill popper!

Before we go further, take a quick peek at the truth about the best supplement for memory and concentration:


Coconut Oil And Memory: No Real Connection?


Should you take coconut oil to improve memory?

Dr. David Morgan, CEO of BYRD Alzheimer’s Institute states: “There is only anecdotal information that shows it can be beneficial, but there is not enough research on the matter.”

Dr. David Morgan, CEO of BYRD Alzheimer’s Institute

And I think he is right.

Although there are studies prove MCTs might benefit brain health such as improving brain cells and learning in older dogs and rats , there exists no clinical data that MCTs promote long-term brain health.

Another study shows that MCT supplements have shown to increase in memory and motor skills in a few Alzheimer patients.

But here comes the sad part…

The effects are only short term.


What Does MCT Have To Do With Improving Memory?


As it turns out, nothing much!

Under normal conditions, brain cells require glucose. Only after your body runs out of glucose, ketones supply energy to your brain cells. So an additional source of MCT in your diet just produces additional ketones which may not be even used by your brain.

Image of coconut beside a bottle of olive oil

There are some embarrassing side effects to this treatment too.

Patients who took MCT supplements reported cases of diarrhea, flatulence, and dyspepsia.

That’s not all…

You also need to be vary of the dark side of coconut oil.

According to a recent paper on Dietary Fatty Acids Directly Impact Central Nervous System Autoimmunity via the Small Intestine:

“Lauric acid (LA), which usually makes up 50% or more of coconut oil, tips the balance of T-cells (immune cells that actively participate in the immune response) towards the production of inflammation, and also, in mouse models, exacerbates multiple sclerosis (MS), in which your immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.”


A More Nourishing Way to Build Your Memory Cells


No known supplement or oils can help your memory.

There is an easier and far less complex way to help you improve your memory: build Memory Palaces, using the Magnetic Memory Method way.

Memory Palaces work even in the most broken brain. But they work REALLY well in healthy brains.

Memory training through daily exercise that keeps your mind active, in tune, and fully under your control is a great way to noticeably improve your brain.Image of Nelson Dellis preparing to memorize decks of cards

Just look at Nelson Dellis and Climb for Memory charity. Nelson is a firm believer that “exercising” the brain daily can keep the mind sharp and delay, or even prevent, Alzheimer’s disease.

It gets better:

The Memory Palace is the best memory technique because it allows you to develop and use spatial memory in a way.

Spatial memory, the basis of the Memory Palace technique, unlocks the power of multiple levels of memory, including:

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Episodic memory
  • Semantic memory
  • Procedural memory
  • And more…

So that you can move information into long term memory faster and with predictable and reliable permanence.

This incredible combination of intelligence and memory strengthening is very powerful. Combined with Recall Rehearsal, the holistic process lets you move information from short term memory into long term memory faster.

If you choose this memory training technique…

Click on the link below to get started:

Free Memory Improvement Course Memory Palace Training Kit


Build Your Memory With Vitamin M


Vitamin M comes from creating Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

This is by far the coolest and easiest way to boost your brain function and make it easy to learn and remember anything. Far better than duping yourself or letting yourself fall prey to other realms of hypnosis and memory improvement.

So in sum…

Vitamin supplements or coconut oils are not the best “nutrients” for gaining improvement in memory or recall. You could try using coconut oil for hair loss, though. I’ve been thinking of doing that myself.

In the meantime, here’s what is likely going to work best:

A balanced diet, meditation, sleep, and an effective, dedicated memory strategy (like the Magnetic Memory Method) are the real ingredients to enhance your memory, concentration and focus.

Bilingualism can also make for a healthier brain.

Ready to improve not just your memory, but your entire life?

Let’s get cooking!

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Ambidextrousness And Memory: Can Dual Handedness Boost Your Brain? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:57:47 +0000 2 <p>Ambidextrousness and genius are often placed side by side. The question is... does developing dual handedness provide any memory improvement? Let's find out. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Ambidextrousness And Memory: Can Dual Handedness Boost Your Brain?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Can you write legibly with both your left and right hands?

Midway through a gig, can you swing the guitar to your left arm and continue strumming the ballad?

If you can, you are part of that 1% of the population who do not have a dominant hand and experience ambidextrousness.

And as you’re about to discover, ambidextrousness truly is an experience!

If you are ambidextrous, you’re in good company too. Or at least, interesting company.

Other members of this ‘exclusive’ group include Benjamin Franklin,  Kobe Bryant, and even Nikola Tesla, just one of many reasons I featured him on the cover of The Memory Connection:

Nikola Tesla ambidextrousness

Many people believe training oneself to use both your hands equally unleashes hidden creativity and even improves memory.

The idea that becoming ambidextrous boosts brain function has existed for over a century.

Moreover, it is also claimed that if you harness this ‘power’ you can improve your academic performance, decision making skills and grasp difficult concepts quickly.

Can ‘learning’ to become ambidextrous really have all these advantages?

Let’s find out:

Ambidextrousness: A Dual Handed Benefit?


There is a bit of confusion regarding the actual definition of ambidextrousness.

You are ambidextrous, if  you can perform any task equally with either hand, for instance, write legibly using either of your hands.

However, if you do some tasks with your right hand and others with your left, experts will term it as being mixed-handed.

Jimi Hendrix is a good example of mixed-handedness. He used his left hand to throw and comb his hair, but he wrote, ate and held the telephone with his right hand.


How To Become Ambidextrous?
(Because Few Are Born This Way)


In the 1800s Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke discovered that different hemispheres of the brain handled different functions such as speech, language and even motor functions.

But it was only in 2009 that scientists researched around 25,000 families and found certain genes were responsible for ambidextrousness in people.

Then in 2015, researchers found that brain function within the cerebellum is responsible for creativity.

This certainly proves why many ambidextrous people have unconventional problem solving abilities.

Creative Geniuses, Or:
The Celebrities Of Ambidextrousness


Nearly 60 years after his death, neurosurgeons studying Einstein’s brain discovered that his brain hemispheres were extremely well-connected. The ability to use the right hemispheres creativity and the left hemispheres logic gave the Father of Relativity a significant advantage from his peers.

Despite a lack of evidence proving Einstein’s ambidextrousness, the study confirmed Einstein’s non right-handedness.

Another historical figure who belonged to the ambidextrous club was Leonardo Da Vinci. The famous artist (and scientist of art) could easily write with both hands.

When Da Vinci wrote an ordinary letter, he used his right hand.

However, he wrote his secret diaries in mirror writing using his left hand which made it difficult for others to read.

Are All Ambidextrous Individuals Creative Geniuses?


Not really!

Left-handed tennis player Evgenia Kulikovskaya can switch her racket hand mid game to keep hitting forehands when her left hand gets tired. She doesn’t have a backhand!

Take a look at this video:



The Controversial History Of Ambidextrous Training:
John Jackson


Though many modern studies link ambidextrousness with increased brain function in both hemispheres of the brain, this idea was not well received at first.

In 1905, English educational reformer, John Jackson established the Ambidextral Culture Society. He believed that a two handed, two brained society encouraged superior learning as it engaged the entire brain.

He also expected a lot from his disciples. Whether it was playing the piano with one hand or writing a letter with the other, he required his disciples to execute them flawlessly.

Was he successful in his mission?

Not quite.

His society was a laughing stock of the scientific community at the time.

Leading British neurologist, James Crichton-Browne criticized the society and even warned Jackson against going the evolutionary process.

John Jackson’s movement died out in the 1920s.

However, his ideas did not. They continued to fuel misconceptions regarding the power of ambidextrousness.

Can Being Ambidextrous Make You More Creative?
A Few Myths Busted


Jackson’s theories were not random ideas. They were derived from Paul Broca’s studies of brain lateralization that states that some cognitive brain activity is dominant in one hemisphere, and that each hemisphere was linked to the opposite hand.

No wonder people believed that using your less dominant hand would help activate both hemispheres of the brain leading to higher mental abilities.

That’s just the beginning…

Ambidextrousness and The Power of the Other Hand

In her book, The Power of Your Other Hand, Lucia Capacchione claims that writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand gives greater access to the right hemispheric functions like feeling, intuition, creativity and even spiritual wisdom.

These claims are based on the fact that the function of the right hemisphere is responsible for creativity.

Is there any truth to these claims?

“Although there are recurrent claims of increased creativity in left-handers, there is very little to support the idea in the scientific literature.”

This from renowned psychologist Chris McManus in his book Right Hand, Left Hand – The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures.


The Truth About Learning To Be Ambidextrous
And Getting A Sharper Brain


While there is no hard data to prove that training your non-dominant hand can improve your mental prowess, there is now evidence to state that if you are born ambidextrous, you may have some mental health issues.

After 8 years of research, German psychologist, JB Sattler discovered that children who switched from their dominant left hand to a non-dominant right or the reverse did not see “a change in cerebral dominance but rather a multifaceted cerebral disturbance or damage”.

The psychologist noted that ambidextrous children even had decreased memory for all three areas of information processing – encoding, store and recall.

Sattler said: “Ambidexterity is therefore neither a goal to aspire to nor is it a gift from God. Instead, it is first and foremost the mark of brain damage.”


It May Sound Crazy, But It’s True!


A study published in the 1998 edition of Neuropsychologia confirms Dr. Sattler’s research.

In this study around 12,770 children were tested for their verbal, non-verbal, and mathematical ability and reading comprehension skills. They found that ambidextrous children had lower test scores as compared to those who were left-handed or right-handed.

Need more proof?

Another independent study led by Alina Rodriguez from Imperial College London showed that ambidextrous children exhibit higher symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Ambidextrousness may also have a lasting effect on adults as well.

In the creatively titled paper “Handedness and intellectual achievement: an even-handed look”, Michael Corballis reveals that ambidextrous adults perform more poorly on IQ tests (arithmetic, memory, and reasoning).

Ambidextrousness May Actually Harm Your Brain


Here’s why:

For right-handed or left handed people most of their brain activity is localized in the opposite part of the brain. So your brain can easily access information through the majority of one hemisphere.

For ambidextrous people information has to flow back and forth between both hemispheres of the brain through the Corpus Callosum.

This can be a big problem.

This rapid transfer may lead to mental dysfunction in some cases.


Are There Any Possible Benefits to Ambidextrous Training?


Yes, though they are not as dramatic as advertised.

Mr. Corballis writes that it’s possible to train your non dominant hand for artistic purposes – like playing the piano for example.

Other than that, there are no studies to prove that becoming ambidextrous can improve brain function.

But what about improved memory?

Ambidextrousness and Memory: A Genetic Connection


Ambidextrous tendencies has been associated with improved memory.

But here’s the catch:

To reap even the slightest memory benefits of ambidextrousness, you would be need to have at least an ambidextrous parent or sibling.

A 2001 study shows that families with one-left handed member may have better episodic memory rather than semantic memory.

Which means they have a better time recalling the context of the story rather than the facts present in the story.

The Only Trick You Need To Know To Make
Both Sides of Your Brain Work


There is one guaranteed method to improve both your episodic and semantic memory as well as autobiographical memory, spatial memory and procedural memory.

One more thing..

This method won’t be painful and labour intensive as using your non dominant hand.

Okay here it is:

Creating Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Memory Palace


Memory Palaces have the unique characteristic that all other memory techniques can be used inside of them (not the other way around).

So if you need to store a massive amount of information, Memory Palaces engage both hemispheres of the brain.

How do they do this?

Memory Palaces require a great deal of creative visualization, therefore it helps to activate your right hemisphere associated with creativity.

You need more than one Memory Palace and as many as possible. That way you can revisit the technique to recall tons of information.

If you want to know more – here’s some vital information about Memory Palace Science.

If you want a complete brain workout try this brain fitness method…

Click on the link below to get started:

A Direct method To Improve Your Memory


Learning to use your non-dominant hand to improve your memory can be a bit wasteful. You would have to spend days and weeks practicing to write with your other hand instead of focusing on what you need to learn.

While this may be fun, it’s not useful.

Memory improvement training should always be linked to memorizing information that will immediately improve your life.

Using the Magnetic Memory Method is great because, once you’re rolling, good memory abilities get you more time.

More time means you can practice memory enhancing techniques more often.

And that means experiencing better memory, better focus, clarity and concentration.

Ambidextrousness might be fun to develop if you take caution.

But, as we’ve seen, developing your memory is far more valuable!

So, what are you waiting for?

Please make sure you’ve claimed my free Memory Improvement Kit and use it to start experiencing better memory now.

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7 More Mental Exercises For The Brain From Around The World (Part 2) Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:25:11 +0000 2 <p>Mental exercises are essential to developing rapid fire memory abilities. If you want to learn faster and remember more, these 7 mental exercises will help.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">7 More Mental Exercises For The Brain From Around The World (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> 7 More Mental Exercises For The Brain From Around The WorldDo you have enough mental exercises to genuinely help you experience real and lasting memory improvement?

Whether it’s for learning a language, or even just remembering directions while traveling the world.

Be honest about your answer.

No one here is to judge.

Quite the opposite.

This blog post (and the podcast – hit play above!) is about about helping you better understand how to judge your memory as it is now and take the right steps toward improving it.

To that end, last week we covered 3 Powerful Memory Training Techniques From Around The World.

And I just hopped on a live video session to demonstrate just how powerful memory techniques can be in everyday life for memorizing the information in life that matters:

This week, we’ve got 7 more mental exercises you can use to experience true memory improvement.

Are memory techniques for everyone?

Yes and no. But you can’t decide for yourself without the fullest possible range of perspectives.

And let’s make this point as clear as possible:

Memory techniques give you the best mental exercise on the planet. Study them well, everywhere they appear around the glob.

With that point in mind, let’s get rolling with…


1. USA: Moonwalking With Einstein
(And Elaborative Encoding) For Total Recall


US memory champion Joshua Foer’s book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything talks about the importance of memorizing events and stories in human history.

Brain Exercises Around The World Joshua Foer Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Moonwalking with Einstein

Sadly, Foer also documents the decline of mental exercises for memorizing in modern life.

By the same token, with partial thanks to his book and the internet, the techniques that people need to adopt to restore the art of remembering have never been more popular.

The memory trick that Foer explains in his book involves a process known as “elaborative encoding.”  This involves converting information, such as your grocery list, into a series of “engrossing visual images.”

For instance, if you want to remember a list of objects like gherkins, cottage cheese, etc. all you need to do is visualise them in an unforgettable manner.

Memory expert Ed Cooke – who helped Foer develop his techniques – suggests remembering an item on a shopping list by imagining something like “Claudia Schiffer swimming in [a] tub of cottage cheese.”

Of course, why someone would waste time on memorizing shopping lists in the best memory improvement books is beyond me.

But feel free to memorize anything you like. Whatever works. So long as it really works to give you the memory improvement outcomes you seek!Nelson Dellis Preparing to Memorize Decks of Cards

To ensure that, be sure to deposit these images you’ve created using elaborative encoding in a specific order in your Memory Palace. With practice, a mnemonist can trace a certain path around these memory rooms to recover thousands of images – and with them, thousands of memories.


Nelson Dellis, repeat champion of the USA Memory competition, also uses a combination of vivid imagery linked with placing those images in your Memory Palace to remember a list of words.


2. Germany: Memorizing Names Through Association


German memory champion Simon Reinhard is one of the top memory athletes in the world. He holds two records for memorizing a 52-card pack of playing cards in just over 21 seconds.

Reinhard uses the “association” method to memorize names and faces.

And it makes for great mental exercise.

How does memorizing names work?

When he hears a name for the first time, Reinhard imagines someone else (a familiar figure) with the same name and then try to find similarities between the two or associate it with a feeling.

“Sometimes the names fit perfectly, for example a bald headed white Thomas could be the middle age monk Thomas von Aquinas. But if that doesn’t work and I don’t find an immediate connection, I try to search a bit more thoroughly what this name could tell me.

For example the name reminds me of a feeling of anger and then I either try finding some angry expression in the face or the exact opposite, if the person is laughing. It is kind of a multi-faceted approach that doesn’t work automatically but comes easily when I look at the name with an open mind. This is my basic, natural approach.”

This quote comes from an interview that Reinhard gave to

Reinhard also uses memory palace method or the method of loci to remember decks of cards and digits.


3. Japan: Kioku-Jutsu Or The
Ninja Mnemonic Method


Ninja’s were highly trained Japanese spies who were expected to gather and remember crucial information without having to resort to any written text.

In order to sharpen their memory skills, Ninja’s used the method of “association” to remember complex numbers.

They would associate numbers with body parts or food – something that you will definitely recall.

They used another extreme method.


Please Do Not Try This Mental Exercise At Home!


If the information was extremely crucial, Ninja’s would cut a body part – the arm or leg – when trying to memorize that information – this helped them associate that memory with a scar or the pain of injury, making it unforgettable.

Mental Exercises Ninja Memory Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

These methods of “association” are similar to the Peg System. It is also based on the principles of the Memory Palace technique – where you visualising a room and then associate each object in the room to each piece of information you want to memorize.

Memory expert Tony Buzan equates the Ninja Kioku-Jutsu technique to hanging a coat on a hook. You can always remember where to find your coat (which is a new information) if you hang it on an immovable hook (a number or a word you can remember easily).

4. Australia: Can You Ever Forget
The Obvious Elephant In The Room?


Tansel Ali is a 4 x Australian Memory Champion, most famously known for memorizing two Yellow Pages phone books in only 24 days. He is also the author of The Yellow Elephant and How To Learn Almost Anything In 48 Hours, and a celebrity memory coach.

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Ali advocates using the Major System along with the Memory Palace (which he terms as the Journey System) to memorize playing cards.

I also recommend checking out Florian Dellé’s Major System recommendations. He will take your ideas on what you can do using this wonderful memory tool to the next level.


5. UK: A Person-Action System To Call Numbers To Mind


British mnemonist Dominic O’Brien is the eight time World Memory Champion.

Accomplishments like these are no small feat!

A master of memory, O’Brien is a major innovator in the field of memory techniques. His Dominic mnemonic system  is a brilliant memory training system that he invented to remember long strings of digits.

Dominic O'BrienIt is somewhat similar to the mnemonic major system and is widely used by brain athletes in memory competitions.

While the Major System associates sounds with numbers, the Dominic System is designed as a person-action system where the letters comprise the initials of someone’s name.

“Like the mnemonic major system, the Dominic system can be combined with a memory palace, thereby creating the Hotel Dominic.” (Ron Hale-Evans, Mind Performance Hacks: Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain)

Another of O’Brien’s big contributions to the world of memory is his Rule of Five. It states that we should recall information strategically by using the following pattern:

First review: Immediately

Second review: 24 hours later

Third review: One week later

Fourth review: One month later

Fifth review: Three months later

Also notable from the British world of mnemonics is Mark Channon. Mark brings great insights from the worlds of acting and setting highly effective goals. He also gave a wonderful presentation at Magnetic Memory Live in London in 2015.


6. India: The Katapayadi Shankya To Remember Numbers


Ancient Indians used various mnemonic techniques to remember complex texts and numbers, the most talked about being the Vedic Memory Method.

More on that later.

First, let’s look into the ancient Indian numerical notation – Katapayadi system – that assigns letters to numbers so that the numbers may be easily remembered as meaningful words or verses.

Under this system, several letters can be assigned the same number, however every letter is not allotted a number.

Have a look at this chart:

Ka Ta Pa Yadi Memory Mnemonic System for Magnetic Memory Method Mental Exercises Blog Post

Ancient Indians used this system to encrypt mathematical formulas into their devotional hymns to Lord Krishna and also recorded historical data in the codified lyrics.

Take for instance, this verse written in praise of Lord Krishna:

Gopibhagya madhuvrata srngisodadhisandhiga|

Khalajivitakhatava galahalarasandhara||

When translated it means:

Oh Krishna, the fortune of the Gopis, the destroyer of the demon Madhu,

Protector of cattle, the one who ventured the ocean-depths, destroyer of evildoers, one with plough on the shoulder and the bearer of nectar, may (you) protect (us)!

Have a listen:

How is the mental exercises involved in memorizing this text relevant?

The answer might astonish you:

Using the Katapayadi system when you replace the letters of the verse with its corresponding numbers, like this – ‘go’ by 3, ‘pi’ by 1,  ‘bha’ by 4, ‘ya by 1’ and so on, you get the following result:


Why is this number important?

This is the decimal representation of pi up to 32 decimal places.

Look like memorizing a long digit like that requires magic?

Far from it.

All it takes is a dedicated mnemonic technique! If you like,  listen to Brad Zupp talk about how he memorized way more of Pi than you see here. Brad also shares his thoughts on using your memory in place of a passwords manager.


Vedic Memory Techniques:
Ancient Science Or Just A Fad?


Vedic memory techniques were systems put in place to memorize ancient texts known as the Vedas, which were composed and handed down orally over a period of about 10 centuries, from about the 15th to the 5th century bce.

There are four Vedas, the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva with over 100,000 plus verses.

So how did the ancient Indians ensure no errors crept into the original texts?

“The oral tradition of vedic learning has preserved the entire vedic texts by purely human memory for several generations…This has been made possible by a diligently devised systematic scheme of chanting the vedic corpus.”

This quote is from Krishna Prasad Miyapuram in Divide and Link: Robust Memory Techniques from Vedic Learning.

That’s not all…

They developed highly complex techniques of recitation that had mathematical precision to ensure that the Vedas remained unchanged in content, intonation, and inflection.

“The first (technique) is Samhita, the simplest form of recitation that approaches the mantra as it is, for example, ‘the sky is blue’ (abcd). Next is Padha, where each word is broken down, as in, ‘the/sky/is/blue’ (a/b/c/d). Krama, the third technique, adds the first real level of difficulty into the recitation through a pattern of ‘the sky/sky is/is blue’ (ab/bc/cd). Jatapatha, the first of the more challenging, alternates between a repetitious interposing and transposing of words to create a pattern of ‘the sky sky the the sky/sky is is sky sky is/is blue blue is is blue’ (abbaab/bccbbc/cddccd).

“Between Jatapata and the last technique are six other techniques (called Mala, Shikha, Rekha, Dvaja, Danda and Ratha) that again are built-in combinations and permutations that have ensured that the order and words of the Vedas remain unchanged. The ultimate and most complex technique is called Ghanam. It’s mind-boggling backwards and forwards pattern is, ‘the sky sky the the sky is is sky the the sky is/sky is is sky sky is blue blue is sky is blue’ (abbaabccbaabc/bccbbcddcbbcd).”

This quote is from Suhag A. Shukla, Esq in Peeling Back the Layers of Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting.

The Vedic way of dissemination of knowledge was mainly through Shruti or the oral tradition of seers and knowledge used to flow through the teacher-student lineage.

Moreover, all these memory techniques were not operated in isolation. Learning was considered a lifelong process and a way of life during the Vedic times.

What does all this mean?

It means Vedic memory science was based on memory training systems or mnemonics. There was no learning by rote or memorising through concentration involved.

Retaining information accurately is an essential part of any good memory training system and that has been demonstrated very clearly in the vedic memory science.

You might be wondering…


If The Vedic Memory Technique Was So Awesome…


… why did it disappear?

One simple reason is that since the techniques were closely linked to a particular way of life. Students would live in an Ashram (sort of a boarding school without summer breaks) to get education.

But once that way of living changed, we lost this ancient science of super memory training. It might also be due to the rise of people who lack a mind’s eye. But don’t worry if you have that condition. Here’s Aphantasia: Develop Your Memory Even If You Cannot See Mental Images.

As you can see,  all is not lost. Far from it!

And if you are skeptical about whether memory techniques work at all, you might be in for a treat!

This is because…

Skeptics Succeed With Memory Techniques Better Than Anyone Else

7. Global Mental Exercises For Better Memory:
Tony Buzan And The World Memory Championships


Tony Buzan – the inventor of mind maps – is a true master of memory as his mind mapping techniques have the potential to unlock multiple intelligences.

As the co-founder of the World Memory Championships, Buzan actively promotes memory skills along with mind mapping in a wide range of books and software programs.

Even Michael Jackson once sought him out in order to gain deeper insights into his creativity and mental abilities.

So what is a Mind Map?

Word Mind Map Day Mind Map By Phil Chambers

It is a powerful graphic technique that harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – to unlock the potential of the brain.

You can use a Mind Map in every aspect of your life to improve your learning ability or induce clearer thinking.

The question is…

Can You Bring Mind Mapping And The Memory Palace Together?


But of course!

Reigning World Mind Mapping champion Phil Chambers can help you with that question in this podcast where he talks about Mind Mapping and how to bring this creativity, memory and learning tool together with a Memory Palace.

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan and Phil Chambers

So, now that you know about so many memory athlete techniques, you might be wondering…

What’s the best memory training course?


One Sure Way To Coach Your Brain To Remember Everything


If you read through this post carefully, you would have noticed how many of the world’s top memory athletes used some form of Memory Palace Method to sharpen their brain power.

How can you use a Memory Palace yourself?

By building Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Way. Here’s how to take my free course to learn all the details so you can get the benefits of this mental exercise:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

Creating Memory Palaces using the Magnetic Memory Method allows you to develop and use spatial memory.

What’s so cool about that?

For one thing, this particular approach to the Memory Palace technique unlocks the power of your multiple intelligences. It also combines your autobiographical memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural memory and other kinds of memory.

We talked a lot about how to do that in part one of this two-part series about memory techniques around the world, so please be sure to link back to the first one for more information about the Magnetic Modes.


But That’s Not All…


When you build Memory Palaces with the Magnetic Memory Method, you learn to measure your memory improvement activities.

Here’s why that makes everything better:

Tracking your outcomes leads to rapid improvement which means you could be playing with the big guns at the next memory competition!

Hiragana Memory Palace by Anthony Metivier

Or if you’re not into competing, you can simply enjoy using the memory techniques to help you learn a language, pass an exam, or get better at your job so that everything becomes easier and more fun.

If you choose this memory training technique…


You Will Unlock The Most Powerful Aspects Of Your Brain!


Think about it:

Being able to recall 1000 of names, phone numbers, decks of cards or flight information is a super power!

And as we’ve seen, anyone can train themselves using the techniques that memory champions do to improve recall and retention.

The only question is how fast will a method start showing results.

With the Magnetic Memory Method, you can move information from short term memory into long term memory faster. When combined with Recall Rehearsal you will be able to retrieve that information at the snap of a finger.

Memory Championships aside…

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could remember every word to every song you ever loved?

Plan to woo your date with a ballad? And succeed?

Use the right memory techniques for the job and you got this!

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Mental exercises are essential to developing rapid fire memory abilities. If you want to learn faster and remember more, these 7 mental exercises will help. Mental exercises are essential to developing rapid fire memory abilities. If you want to learn faster and remember more, these 7 mental exercises will help. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 48:04
3 Powerful Memory Training Techniques From Around The World (Part 1) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:04:16 +0000 8 <p>People use powerful memory training techniques around the world. The best part: Anyone can learn to use them quickly. Learn memory training techniques here.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Powerful Memory Training Techniques From Around The World (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Memory Training Techniques from Matteo RicciMemory training techniques involve more than just training. The use of mnemonics is an ancient art, craft and science practiced around the world.

And it’s not new. People have been training their memory for thousands of years.

The best part?

They’ve left many wonderful tips we can use to learn, memorize and recall more information in ways that are fast, easy and fun.

Whether we’re talking about Matteo Ricci’s recipe to overcome forgetfulness or French scholar Aimé Paris’ Mnemonic Major System, strengthening the cerebral muscles of memory has mattered to people across time and around the world.

In fact, there are numerous techniques used worldwide by memory champions as well as amateurs to train their brain.


The Most Common Question About Memory Training Techniques In The World


The question is:

Is Ricci’s method better than Paris’ or would you be more interested in Alex Mullen’s PAO system that helps him memorize a deck of cards in less than 17 seconds?

These are good questions and I believe everyone should expose themselves to as many memory experts as possible.

But here’s the deal…

Like honing any other skill or strengthening your body’s core muscles, hacking your brain to remember anything takes time and practice.

It is not difficult to build a better brain, but you must be sure which memory workouts will train it better to help you achieve particular learning outcomes.

Before you start reading and executing different memory training techniques practiced around the world, take a quick look at this video. It will introduce you to some powerful prehistoric memory techniques you can use now that Lynne Kelly put together for us in her book, The Memory Code.


Why Anyone Can Be A Memory Champ, Even If They Have Never Had Formal Memory Training    


According to a study published in March 2017, anyone can reshape their brain’s networks by using the same tricks as the world’s top memory champions.

To understand how memory athletes remember huge strings of information, researchers recruited 23 of the world’s top-ranked memory champions.  They compared the brain scans of these memory champions with those of people who had never practiced memory techniques at all.

The scans revealed that memory athletes’ brains were not built differently from yours or mine. Far from it.


These scientists did find something distinctive.

The champions’ brain showed unique patterns activity in regions that involved memory and cognition.

The researchers then put some of the rookies through a memory training program and observed how their brains changed with exercise.

The more the newcomers practiced the memory training techniques, the more their brain activity started to resemble the brains of memory athletes.


Six Weeks Or Less To A Measurable Increase In Brain Power?


You bet. In fact:

It took only six weeks for the rookies who had never used memory techniques before to show an increase in brain power.

“These really incredible memory feats … are not some form of inborn talent. It’s really just training”. This is from Martin Dresler, a neuroscientist at Radboud University in the Netherlands and the lead author of the study.

And what these findings mean is that anything these people can accomplish in terms of brain fitness, you can do too.


Travel Back In Time:
Important People In the History of
The Major Memory Method


Let’s start with some history.

Remember Monsieur Paris?

He’s the French scholar we talked about earlier.

(If you had to scroll up to check out what we had said about Paris, maybe you need a quick boost of these vitamins for memory improvement.)

Paris was the first person to publish a version of the mnemonic Major Method in its modern form that is used by memory experts.

However, French mathematician and astronomer Pierre Hérigone is said to have devised the earliest known version of the major system. Herigone apparently used both consonants and vowels in Latin and French.

What’s the real story?

Watch this video for more and a free memory improvement exercise:

As complex as the history of memory techniques may be, here’s something about which most memory historians agree:

The Major Method for memorizing numbers has its roots in the ancient Greek memory tradition. This is a tradition that combined strategic, systematic thinking with strong guidance from the larger guiding principles of memory.

And using the Major Method, numbers are converted into consonant sounds and then developed into Magnetic words by adding vowels.

Oh, you can make any kind of words if you wish, but it’s attention to involving as many of the Magnetic Modes as possible that will make these words impossible to forget.


What Are The Magnetic Modes Of Memory?


The Magnetic Modes come into play whenever you combine a dedicated Memory Palace with associative, Magnetic Imagery. You use both of these tools to create links between information you already know, with new information you’d like to remember.

Your Magnetic Modes are based in brain science, and easily tapped when the Magnetic Images you create in your Memory Palaces are:

  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Dynamic
  • Big
  • Colorful
  • Crazy
  • Strange
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Animated
  • Forceful
  • Loud
  • Rhyming
  • Punning

For more information on how all this works, please take my free course:


Why The Major Method Is The Most Popular Memory Technique


The answer is simple:

This memory training system, once you’ve practiced it, will help you remember short sequences of digits like telephone numbers or historic dates.

You can also use it to remember long sequences of numbers like Pi, or to help you memorize a deck of cards as an alternative memory improvement exercises based on annoying apps.

Plus, the Major Method is just plain easy.


Because, like most memory techniques, the Major Method works on the principle that the human brain remembers images far more easily than plain numerals.

So now that you know the most popular memory athlete technique, let’s start our two part series on different memory techniques used around the world and the people who use them.


Memory Techniques Around The World (Part 1)


Different countries hold different kinds of memory championships.

Sure, they might use different rules and offer different prizes. But at the end of the day, these are the competitive meetings where mind athletes of every stripe compete with each other to prove the superiority of their cognitive prowess.


While there are no memory athlete techniques unique to any given country, several mnemonists from various regions have modified ancient mnemonic techniques to perfect memory training exercises for professionals and amateurs alike.

Ready to take a look?

Let’s go!

1. China: Ming Mnemonics To Memorize
Reams Of Classical Poetry  


In the 16th Century an Italian Jesuit priest became the first westerner to pass China’s highest civil service exams.

Why is this relevant?

The exam involved memorizing reams of classical poetry – a task that only 1% of people who took the test were able to perform successfully.

Yet, Ricci passed these exams after only 10 years, despite not having spoken any Chinese before.

How did he do that?

Ricci did it with the help of the Memory Palace technique.

But more than just use the techniques personally, get this:

As Jonathan D. Spence writes in The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci:

“…Ricci taught the Chinese how to build a Memory Palace”.


Why The Memory Palace Is Better Than Rote Learning


During that time, the Chinese had their own diligent study methods that used repetition and recitation as memory aides. This was coupled with mnemonic poems and rhyming jingles that were part of the traditional Chinese memory practice.

“To everything that we wish to remember, we should give an image; and to every one of these images we should assign a position where it can repose peacefully until we are ready to reclaim it by an act of memory,” wrote Ricci in his Treatise on Mnemonic Arts.

Ricci suggested 3 locations for these “mental” buildings – they could be based on real buildings one has seen, they could be imaginary locations or a mix of both.

Ricci’s memory training techniques helps with memorizing entire books and large volumes of vocabulary.

What’s more?

He also developed a means for memorizing how to write in Chinese.

Memory champions who participate in China’s popular reality and talent show – The Brain – have used Memory Palaces (probably evolved versions of Ricci’s system) to memorize decks of cards or information about airline flights.

In each episode, seven contestants must perform mental challenges like memorizing the names and birthdays of over 900 infants or solving a series of Rubik’s Cube completely blindfolded in under five minutes.

For more, check out this video of the first episode of Season 1 of The Brain:

How To Memorize A Deck Of Cards Chinese Style – Fast!


Want to know what system Chinese mnemonist Wang Feng uses to memorize a deck of cards?

Feng, who is two-time winner of the World Memory Championships, uses a technique similar to Ricci’s to exploit the brain’s natural ability to memorize images and locations.

To memorize the order of a deck of cards, Feng first gives each card a two digit number. Next he turns that number into an image and then puts that image in familiar location – from where he can retrieve it easily when needed.

Notice the similarity with Ricci’s Memory Palace system?

Now that you know it, you toocan modify Ricci’s system to build your own memory training course (like making a gym in your own mind for mental fitness). Or you can create Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

Ultimately, I believe the Magnetic Memory Method approach is better for most learners.

Why? Because it not only helps you remember the information faster, but also helps you get predictable and reliable permanence that grows in strength with practice.

But more about that later. Let’s turn now to:


2. Mongolia: The Genghis Khan Way To Brain Strength


The founder of the Mongol Empire – Genghis Khan – would probably be delighted to know that in some of the most recent world memory statistics, ten of the top 50 people are his descendants!

Mongolia – home to one of the world’s last nomadic cultures – wants to be a titan in the obscure world of mental athletics and is using mental athletics as a nation building exercise.

At the Mongolian Intellectual Academy, students are taught to flawlessly remember the Periodic Table of Elements and other brain feats by using the same principles that govern the Memory Palace technique – linking unfamiliar words and numbers to familiar mental images or stories that can be ingrained in a person’s long-term memory.

Memory training techniques in Mongolia Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

The teacher points to the periodic table and moves through the first column turning letters and numbers into vivid and outrageous images. The visuals are accompanied by an engaging story that offers a way to remember the name of the element, its atomic number and its atomic mass.

When asked to recall the period table memorized using this mnemonic technique, there are virtually no errors!

Impressive accuracy aside, the Mongolian team still faced tough competition in the 2015 Extreme Memory Tournament.

The opponents were:

Simon Reinhard, the world’s fastest card memorizer and the reigning XMT Champion; and Alex Mullen, the 2015 World Memory Champion.

Despite the steep competition, using memory palace training exercises paid off for 17-year-old first-time competitor Enhkjin Tumur, who set a tournament record by recalling 30 images in 14.4 seconds.

3. Canada: A Hunter-Gatherer Memory Technique


Two time Guinness World Record holder for being able to memorize 59 decks of cards in order, Dave Farrow, is a Canadian who has either invented or improved some memory training techniques to remember information and recall them with ease.

One method that Farrow uses is the Peg System –  where you memorize a list of information by linking or pegging them with words or numbers you already know.

You literally hang information on a number.

This is what Farrow says about his memory technique:

“Memory techniques work by taking advantage of a natural mechanism in the brain that we all have that allows us to memorize information without any repetition. It’s a hunter-gatherer fight or flight mechanism—if you needed repetition to remember where you saw that predator, you would not be alive anymore. What I do and what I teach people how to do is trick the brain into triggering that mechanism at will.”

Dave Farrow using memory training techniques


How To Use Colors To Remember Numbers


Another method I’ve heard Farrow talk about is sometimes called the Alpha Numeric Spectrum system.  This approach uses numerical and phonetic codes to memorize numbers and recall them with ease. It uses an arrangement like this (you can create your own version):

1 = red

2 = orange

3 = yellow

4 = green

5 = blue

6 = purple

7 = brown

8 = silver

9 = gold

0 = black


Why Are There So Many Memory Training Techniques? 


As we come to the end of this first part of a two part series on memory training techniques around the world, you might be wondering…

How on earth did so many memory techniques proliferate.

Well, the truth is that there really aren’t that many differences between how memory techniques have been used around the world.

Rather, there exists a limited set of varied approaches that different people use according to their learning styles.

Remember when we talked about the Magnetic Modes above?

Well, it turns out that the precise approach a person using memory training techniques chooses has a lot to do with how the Magnetic Modes match up with their learning style.

But if one important aspect binds them all together, it is the use of spatial memory to create Memory Palaces.

So come back next week for the second part to see how memory training techniques work in Germany, Japan, the UK and the USA. There are more tips and surprises that you can use to help guide your practice.

Stay tuned!

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18 Ways To Learn Anything Fast And Remember It in 2018 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:38:25 +0000 2 <p>How to study and remember fast is a growing concern. If you'd like to know how to learn anything fast and remember it in 2018, this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast has 18 ways we learned in 2017 for you to enjoy. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">18 Ways To Learn Anything Fast And Remember It in 2018</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Brain Cell to illustrate memory improvement strategies for 2018 and beyondLooking for ways to learn anything fast and remember it in 2018 (whatever it may be)?

You’re in the right place.


Because 2017 was a landmark year for the Magnetic Memory Method blog and podcast.

To sum up the year, I’ve gathered 18 of the most highly-shared and impactful posts from 2017.

Scroll up and click play to hear me sum up the year on the podcast.

Then get busy downloading each of these episodes and make yourself an audiobook so that you know how to study without forgetting what you have studied in 2018.

For the first category of memory-boosting material from 2017, we begin with:


The Biggest Learning Problems And Their Solutions


Image to illustrate the damage of Digital Amnesia to the human brain on learning, focus and concentration

1. How To Stop Google From Ruining Your Memory

Digital Amnesia: 5 Ways To Stop Google From Ruining Your Memory

Yes, the threat is real. Please make sure you pay the closest attention to this special message because the “Google Effect” is something we all face.

In order to overcome, measures must be taken. This blog post and podcast provides the deep-dive you need to preserve your memory for the long haul.

Man frustrated with smartphone apps for brain exercise

2. Beware of Apps

5 Memory Improvement Exercises That Don’t Require Another Annoying App

I know, I know. Apps are attractive.

The idea that you can download an app that will help you remember or train your brain is seductive.

But as this post demonstrates, there are better brain exercises you can use to improve your memory.

And if you want more, here are five additional brain exercises that will benefit anyone.

Anthony Metivier practicing his re-reading strategy in Denmark.

3. Recycle Your Reading

11 Reasons You Should Reread At Least One Book Every Month

I’m so glad I started a solid rereading strategy. I’ve learned so much and really fortified a lot of things I wanted to remember.

The best part?

Discovering all the things you didn’t notice the first time. This can help you avoid many life mistakes that harm your memory improvement journey.


You can’t recall information you didn’t notice, so have a rereading reading strategy is really important.

Man dealing with memory loss covering his eyes in frustration

4. Know What Really Counts As Memory Loss

The Most Important Difference Between Memory Loss And Forgetfulness In The World

I survey thousands of people every year.

One thing is clear:

Many people don’t know how to distinguish between every day forgetfulness and the kind of memory loss that should send you running for the doctor. Please check this material out.

Image of goldfish to illustrate the attention span myth

5. Destroy Memory Mythologies

3 Reasons We Must Destroy The Human Goldfish Attention Span Myth

Nothing is more dangerous than the lies we tell ourselves than the lies we allow to shape our behavior.

If you’re sick of being told that you have the attention span of a goldfish (and you should be), we took a look at the origin of this silly myth.


We learned to replace that destructive myth with an empowering metaphor that serves our memory instead of tearing it down.

Image of a person moving speedily to illustrate learning and remembering more faster

6. Make Memory Easier And Faster

4 Easy Ways To Learn Faster And Remember More

We all have a need for speed.

But if you want to know how to make your brain stranger and train it for focus, you need strategy. Like knowing R.A.M.S. and which one to avoid:

Good news:

You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to attract information into your memory on that video and the learn faster post. Please check them out.

Image of a page from a notebook by Anthony Metivier


7. Use A Pencil

5 Note Taking Techniques That Force You To Remember More

Of course, I realize that we want to siphon information directly from our eyes and ears into our brain.

But the reality is that old technology like paper and pencil still play an important role.

And not necessarily in the way you think.

I gave you some of my best tips for note taking from the viewpoint of someone who has been both student and professor.


Memory Improvement Lessons From Experts &
Other Warriors Of The Mind


One of the my favorite roles as the host of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is to:

1) Interview world class memory experts

2) Invite world class memory experts and students to take over the show.

For example:

Image to illustrate memory skills while conference interpreting

8. Learn From Those Who Really Face The Pressure 

7 Killer Memory Improvement Tips From The World Of Conference Interpreting

Lukas Van Vyve guest hosted the Magnetic Memory Method podcast and wrote everything down for its fans.

You will definitely want to get the full run down on how conference interpreters work their magic.

Image to illustrate success with online language learning courses

9. Learn How To Take Online Language Learning Courses Properly

How To Consistently Get Quick Victories With Language Learning Courses

A lot of people fail to remember information because they don’t know how to take courses.

Olly Richards, who had just released his new Spanish course, came on to discuss the problem and give many powerful solutions.

Lynne Kelly, author of The Memory Code

10. Know Your Memory History For Some Of The Best Tips

The Memory Code: Prehistoric Memory Techniques You Can Use Now

Lynne Kelly wrote the best memory improvement book of 2017.


Because in The Memory Code, she connects memory techniques for our deep past and shows how they’re just as relevant to human survival today as they were in prehistoric times.

Learn the tradition and use it traditionally.

You’ll be glad you looked to the elders for guidance.

Why else would they have worked so hard to preserve all that knowledge except for your benefit?

Jennie Gorman Portrait Magnetic Memory Memory Method Podcast guest on her memory loss story

11. Get To The Root Of Your Memory Loss Problems

Memory Loss Story And Memory Recovery Tips With Jennie Gorman

If The Memory Code shows us the link between memory and survival, Jennie Gorman’s visit to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast extends it to modern medicine.

If you’re struggling with severe memory loss, her story will give you tips for a simple checkup that most people never consider.

Image of Kevin Richardson who used mnemonics to memorize Japanese kanji

12. Get Back On The Horse

The Perfect Learn Japanese App With Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson was looking for the perfect app to help with Japanese.

He found it in the form of the Magnetic Memory Palace.

Yet, after a short attempt, Kevin gave up.

This is the epic story of why he came back to the Memory Palace and what happened next.

His story is inspiring, insightful and will give you many tips on how to make memory techniques work for you if you’re struggling.

Your Memory Mindset & Preparing Your Attitude &
Brain For The Future


In all my years teaching memory improvement and memory techniques, one thing never changes.

I’m talking about the importance of mindset.

The truth is that the human brain is designed to give you negative messages.

It does this not because you’re bad, unworthy or lacking in the wit needed to make memory techniques (or any other skill) work.

It’s just trying to conserve energy.

Rest assured, you’re more than skilled enough.

The best part:

Your most unlikely thoughts are actually a power.

Image of panda to illustrate being skeptical of memory techniques


13. A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

3 Reasons Why Skeptics Succeed With Memory Techniques Better Than Anyone Else

It’s true.

Those who succeed with memory techniques the most tend to start off as the biggest skeptics.

Lynne Kelly talks about this experience herself in The Memory Code.

It’s mentioned throughout the memory improvement cannon of literature.

And it was certainly the case for me.

So if you’re feeling skeptical, no worries. That skepticism has the potential to be a special power.


Image of panda to illustrate jealousy of language learners

14. Don’t Let Skepticism Become Poisonous

Two Truly Evil Spells People Cast Against Memorizing Vocabulary With A Memory Palace

Lurkers must be connected to the Digital Amnesia problem.

But it’s not just lurkers. Even people willing to use their own names come along who are ready and willing to claim that because something didn’t work for them…

It couldn’t possibly work for anyone else.

We set that negative lie to rest in 2017 and hope it stays resting in 2018.

In case not, it’s important to remember that the negativity comes from the human desire for quick wins.

Image of a man with low attention span biting a keyboard

15. Learn To Love Delayed Gratification By Using These…

3 Powerful Ways To Destroy The Cancer Of Instant Gratification

It’s normal to get frustrated when you don’t get immediate results.

But the Internet has created a world filled with people who have unrealistic expectations.

According to Will Self, that might be the result of the Gutenberg Mind having said bye-bye in the age of Digital Amnesia:

That is very compelling, but as far as most of us are concerned, even without a history of reading novels, memory techniques work super fast and fine.

But what I like about Self’s critique for those who come to memory techniques is this:

Depending on your age, level of interest and exposure to depths of plot and imagination, picking up mnemonic skills can require varying degrees of take time.

And that’s a very good thing, I venture.


Because no matter who you are or where you come from, you are the only person who can experience memory techniques in quite the way you will experience them.

When you get in touch and share your experience, we learn more about how these memory techniques work with greater specificity about for whom and under what conditions.

In other words, learn to love delayed gratification. It rewards all of us when you arrive and send your report from the frontier of your own imagination.

And yes, as you can see on this live version of today’s blog post, those of us who belong to the Magnetic Memory Method Family are practicing long form discussions about memory improvement using the available technology. And loving it:

Make sure you’re subscribed to the Magnetic Memory Method on YouTube and have clicked the bell icon so that you’re notified the next time we go live.

Barbara Oakley author of Mindshift

16. Learn To Shift

Mindshift: 3 “Time Travel” Secrets From People Learning How To Learn

The question is…

How do you change yourself when old habits die hard?

We start by thanking our lucky stars for Barbara Oakley.

And if you haven’t read Mindshift yet, you are missing out on something truly special.

You may need an especially big mindshift if you believe Aphantasia is the reason you can’t use memory techniques, for example. (Hint: It’s not the reason.)

Bitcoin logo for Magnetic Memory Method Podcast with Jonathan Levi

17. Keep Abreast Of New Topics Forcing Mindshifts

Mastering The Memory Demands Of Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency With Jonathan Levi

Yes, change is coming.

Including how we use our wallets.

That’s why I was delighted when Jonathan Levi created this free trial of his new Bitcoin Academy for Magnetic Memory Method fans.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are currently one of the most challenging, and yet most important topics on the scene. I’m grateful Jonathan stopped by and created this course to help us all out.

Of course, I’m not 100% in favor of all technological change.

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18. Keep Your Brain And Memory Organic

7 Reasons Having A Memory Implant Would Really Suck

I’m a techno-positivist.

I see mostly only good things.

But as I hoped to demonstrate in the podcast and post on why memory implants make no sense to me, if you want a properly functioning brain and memory in the future, you’ve got to keep a healthy division between your brain and technology.

Will my opinion change in the future?


I’m a scientist, after all. New evidence always plays a role in shaping – and reshaping – my convictions.

But as of the end of 2017, I can tell you this:

As with my 2016 State Of Your Memory Address, journals, friendships and learning a new language remain the most likely ways to experience optimal brain health and superior memory.

Stick with the fundamentals and keep clear of smartphone addiction if you want to learn anything fast and remember it, Memorizers, and you’ll do just fine. Here’s a free course to show you how:

Free Memory Palace memory improvement training image

More than having your learning accomplishments be just fine in 2018, your mind and memory will become truly Magnetic.

Happy New Year and thanks for all the great memories of 2017!

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The Perfect Learn Japanese App With Kevin Richardson Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:27:59 +0000 8 <p>Kevin Richardson gave up on the Magnetic Memory Method at first. But when he came back to it, he started learning Japanese at a rapid pace. Why? Because the Magnetic Memory Method is the perfect learn Japanese app. Kevin explains why in his own words.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Perfect Learn Japanese App With Kevin Richardson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Have you been looking for the perfect learn Japanese app…

Or maybe just wondering how to learn Japanese on your own with memory techniques?

Are you still at the level where you’re searching Google with “learn Japanese alphabet,” unaware of its unique character sets?

Or how about that wish to know how to speak Japanese fast?

Well, in today’s guest post and featured podcast guest host, Kevin Richardson share his experiences using the best app to learn to speak Japanese in the world:

The Memory Palace.

But not just any Memory Palace.

A Magnetic Memory Palace.

Scroll up and click play to hear my interview with Kevin and read his separate assessment below. Take it away Kevin!

The Man Who Almost Gave Up On Learning Japanese


Without Magnetic Memory, I would have packed up my bags and given up on ever learning the readings of Japanese kanji.

Now, I have no doubts that I’m going to complete my mission. I want to be fully literate in Japanese … and I want to be able to handwrite kanji too.

In for a penny, in for a pound!

This is actually my second attempt at using the Magnetic Memory Method.

I won’t lie to you, the first time I tried making a Memory Palace wasn’t a great success.

So take heart, don’t give up if you don’t get everything right the first time. Treat it as a learning experience. I promise you, you’ll get better quickly.

I’m still only a fledgling Memory Palace maker, yet now I’m able to remember up to thirty kanji readings in a single day!

Best of all – I know they’re there forever!



Before employing the Magnetic Memory technique, I’d used Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” volume 1 to memorize over two thousand kanji meanings in six months.

I wasn’t setting the world on fire, but for someone who can’t even remember why I’ve gone to the convenience store, I was still pretty pleased with myself.


Maybe The Memory Palace Stuff Wasn’t For Me…


In hindsight, I wish I’d known more about Memory Palaces when I set about using Heisig’s method, but my first attempt wasn’t very successful and I resigned myself to thinking maybe this Memory Palace stuff wasn’t for me.

It was then that I listened to Olly Richard’s podcast with Anthony Metivier talking about learning hiragana with the Magnetic Memory Method.

By happy coincidence, I was just starting to think about the daunting task of learning thousands of readings for the kanji characters. I knew that if I could get the hang of it, this would be make or break.

After all, Japanese people take about ten years to accomplish the same task; so for me, any technique that’s going to supercharge my memory was worth a punt.



My first Memory Palace was a modest affair. I drew a sketch map of my apartment in Japan, numbered my memory stations in a logical route from bed to genkan (the place you leave your shoes).

The first kanji vocabulary word I added to the bottom of my bed – 主に (omoni – ‘mainly’). The story, “oh money is mainly found at the bottom of my bed”. Next, 大気 (taiki – ‘atmosphere’) …

That utter tyke, Russ Abbot singing “Oh what atmosphere, I love a party with an atmosphere” in the cupboard next to my bed. And as the tour went around my apartment, the story developed into a bizarre journey that I couldn’t forget.

Do you remember the Hana Barbera cartoon of Godzilla? I always hated the baby Godzilla, “Godzuki”, yet when I came to the bathroom, I have to think about that dinosaur, Gojira (as the Japanese say) … I’m a big fan of Godzilla …  (dai no gojira zuki desu).


My Mind Couldn’t Help But Fill In The Gaps


I took Anthony’s advice and walked through my Memory Palace ten times that first day. That made a big difference; I think by walking through the same linear path through my apartment, visualizing the story ten times, the story in my mind became like a sequence of video clips.

My mind couldn’t help but fill in the gaps, so I’d see myself mainly getting my omoni from the bottom of my bed, so that I could throw some spare yen at Russ Abbot busking “atmosphere” in my cupboard etc etc.

The next day, I walked through it in my mind a couple more times during breaks at work. I loved the fact that I didn’t need any technology, no batteries and could simply walk through my Memory Palace whenever I had some downtime.

I decided that I’d start making one Memory Palace a week from that moment onwards. I’m now on my fifth Memory Palace and have gone from making twelve Magnetic Stations to now making over thirty Magnetic Stations in each Memory Palace.

(* Note: During the making of this Memory Palace, a mosquito collided violently with my notebook … to honor it’s death, I shall always remember “Yuu HAVE made a mess here”)

I’m not rushing anything. Like I say, I’m still a fledgling at this technique, but in the course of a month, my Memory Palaces are becoming richer, stranger, surreal and most importantly … unforgettable.

I now draw my map and number my Magnetic Stations. Then I think of a mnemonic to connect the kanji with it’s reading.

Then I write the whole story out as a walkthrough. Read it to myself and my mind can’t help but connect one station to another.

My favorite on this page has to be Hulk Hogan speaking in his “hougen dialect”!)

Now, I remember Olly and Anthony talking about the effort of making Memory Palaces being “top loaded.”

Certainly seems to be true for me at the moment – I spend far more time constructing my Memory Palace and creating a walkthrough story.


The Time I Save


BUT … it works … and if it means I don’t forget anything, that’s time I save in the long run.

In time, I can see myself not needing to write out my walkthrough story … and in time, I’ll eventually be able to take forty or fifty kanji readings, plot them out in my head, walkthrough the Memory Palace without having to write everything down.

I can see how that will give me the ability to remember hundreds of readings a week … but small steps grasshopper … I’m happy enough that I’ve gone from having a sketchy memory of maybe six readings a week, to now remembering fifty or so kanji readings a week.

That’s already a massive improvement … it’s certainly given me a huge boost in confidence that this heady goal of remembering thousands of kanji readings is much more achievable than I’d ever thought possible.

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Want Free Tickets To The 2017 Memory Games In Las Vegas? Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:06:25 +0000 0 <p>Dave Farrow pops on to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to talk about memory techniques for students and professionals and give listeners free tickets to the 2017 Memory Games in Las Vegas.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Want Free Tickets To The 2017 Memory Games In Las Vegas?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p>  

Ticket to illustrate Free Memory competition event hosted by Dave FarrowWould you like free tickets to participate in or watch the upcoming Memory Games in Las Vegas?

If so, hit play on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Magnetic Memory Method fans in the Las Vegas area.

Of course, even if you’re not in the area, you can help spread the word about memory techniques by sharing this page.

If you know anyone who would like some free memory training and an opportunity to practice them, please pass this information along to them as well.

You can also watch for all the details about getting free tickets in this video:


Hosted by Dave Farrow, these Memory Games present a great opportunity to learn new memory skills, practice the ones you already know and challenge yourself to a friendly and fun competition amongst fellow memory training enthusiasts!

This competition will teach you the memory techniques used in the games in a low stress environment. You’ll develop courage and confidence with your memory while making new friends.

This event is a precursor to the annual Pan American Memory Games in Florida and the annual US Memory Tournament held at eBay in San Jose, so if you’d like to be informed, make sure to get in touch with Dave so you can be notified.


Is This Memory Games Event Just For Adults?


Not at all.

Of course, memory games for kids help young people develop skills that will be useful throughout life and this is a great entry-level opportunity for all ages and skill levels.

Also, tune in to this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to learn about:

* A forthcoming book with contributions from Alex Mullen and myself.

* The major reasons entrepreneurs and professionals need memory skills more than ever before.

* Why memory games are a great way to learn these techniques.

* Why the spelling bee competitions may be slowly disappearing and why competition might be one of the best memory activities for students.

* Options you have for using memory techniques, even if you’re not visual or experience aphantasia.

* And much, much more!

If you’d prefer to pay for tickets, please grab your Memory Games in Las Vegas now. More information about the event, including time and location are on that page.

To contact Dave Farrow directly, please email him using the link provided in the video and podcast or go directly to the contact page on Farrow PR.


About The Host Of The Las Vegas Memory Games


Dave Farrow earned his second Guinness World Record for memory by recalling the exact order of 59 decks of shuffled playing cards.

He created ‘The Farrow Method’ to help combat his severe dyslexia and ADHD and this is now a certifiable memory system backed by a double-blind neuroscience study at McGill University.

Dave has been a featured guest on Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, The Today Show, Discovery Channel and many others.

Most recently, Dave won the grand prize on episode 5 of the hit FOX TV show, SuperHuman.


For More On Brain Games And Brain Exercises…


Brain Games: The Truth You Need To Know For Memory Improvement

Crossword Puzzles For Brain Fitness: Fact or Fiction?

5 Brain Exercises That Ensure Memory Improvement

Brain Training: 3 Unconventional Techniques Guaranteed To Help You Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas

3 Memory Games You Can Play With Your Childhood

Tansel Ali on How Gratitude Can Help You Remember Almost Anything

Thank you for attending this event if you can make it.

If you can’t, we deeply appreciate you helping spread the word about the 2017 Memory Games in Las Vegas. Your involvement in keeping this tradition alive is as central as learning and using the techniques themselves.

Let us know in the comments below how you found the games or were otherwise able to participate!

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Mastering The Memory Demands Of Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency With Jonathan Levi Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:29:01 +0000 0 <p>The topic of bitcoin and cryptocurrency places huge demands on your memory. Jonathan Levi and I discuss these demands and shed light on the most important details about this learning topic to remove confusion and make the future of money easier for all.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Mastering The Memory Demands Of Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency With Jonathan Levi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> What is Bitcoin and cryptocurrency? And why should memory improvement fans memorize a long list of virtual currencies?

To help answer the question, Jonathan Levi joins me on this episode Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

And to help us understand why the topic is so challenging for even the smartest learners, we discuss:

* The most important definition of Bitcoin (and probably all new digital currencies to come) and the software involved that you need to understand.

* The truth about fiat currencies and the BIG problems with fractional reserve banking.

* How Jonathan discovered Bitcoin and found cryptocurrency compelling enough to use his SuperLearner skills to learn how to buy Bitcoin stock in an easy and secure way.

* The most popular crypto currencies and why so much terminology is needed to discuss how to buy bitcoins and store them in different kinds of wallets.

* How Jonathan answered the central question: Is Bitcoin mining worth it?

* Why even people in underprivileged countries can buy Bitcoins with a debit card and participate in a democratized currency that will allow them to buy valuable online education programs (like for learning a language).

* The history of money and why everyone interested in this emerging form of currency needs to use their memory to help them learn about it.

* Why bitcoin is a revolution in both commerce and technology the provides a strong alternative to a fiat currency and the current culture of debt.

* Some of the history of money that “rots” as described by Lewis Hyde in The Gift and its relationship to the BlockChain.

* Blockchain technology explained clearly for those who need a “blockchain for dummies” guide to understanding the irreversible functions of mathematics that updates the ledger across the word.

* The special relationship between Internet money like Zcash and intellectual property that can never be copied.

* How Filecoin and other services help transfer shares properly and establish proper ownership in the hugest paradigm shift since the introduction of the Internet itself.

* A clear description of the problems being solved by bitcoin miners on the bitcoin market and how this creates tangible value.

* Why mining transactions and rewards take place every ten minutes and yet involve trillions of difficult transactions designed to keep out bad actors.

* Why the brilliant decisions of Satoshi Nakamoto helped make Bitcoin fraud very difficult, if not outright impossible.

* Why credit card charges are so expensive and make Bitcoin value projections climb higher and higher.

* Why every cellphone has the ability to function as its own bank without the need for a third person or elaborate trust structures.

* The future of credit card bonuses, air miles, incentive points, interest and transaction fees in this new era of Internet money.

* Why Bitcoin value is directly linked to a true understanding of democracy.

* The ultimate answer to the question: Is bitcoin mining worth it?

* Omisego and how serving the unbanked will prove revolutionary for learners around the world.

* Why Copay is the best and most secure wallet to use when learning how to buy Bitcoin.

* The role of transparency in a changing world of privacy and security and the role of anonymity when using these new forms of currency.

* The role of a passwords manager when using Bitcoin and other issues of online security.

* The ultimate question of whether these cryptocurrency solutions are making the world simpler or more complex.

* The number one opportunity with Bitcoin, the number one strength you’ll need and the number one fear each person should have – and how to avoid the need to fear getting involved in the cryptocurrency of your choice.

If you’re interested in learning more, click the image below to take a free intro course that will teach you even more:



Jonathan Levi is the host of the wildly popular SuperLearner Academy and host of the Becoming A Superhuman Podcast.

Together, we teach Branding You™: How to Build Your Multimedia Internet Empire. Stay tuned for the 2.0 version of this course coming very soon!

In the meantime, please be sure to educate yourself about Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and let the topic serve so you don’t get left behind.

If nothing else, this topic serves as great brain exercise, no matter your age or general interest.

What about you? Excited about the future of money and this interesting learning and memory challenge?

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Crossword Puzzles for Brain Fitness: Fact or Fiction? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:22:55 +0000 10 <p>It is generally assumed, by most people, that doing word puzzles regularly can help keep your brain young and active. But is it true? Read on to find out.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Crossword Puzzles for Brain Fitness: Fact or Fiction?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Do you reserve your Saturday afternoons for the brain fitness promised by crossword puzzles?

If not, congratulations. That could be a wise decision.

But for over 50 million people, crossword puzzles are a part of their daily lives.

And they think it’s helping them.

In fact, there’s a pernicious myth out there.

One that is generally assumed by far too many people who hope, wish and pray that doing word puzzles regularly can help keep your brain young and active.

Many people also believe that the health benefits of crossword puzzles can even keep Alzheimer’s or dementia at bay.

The question is…

Why Do People Believe These Crazy Things About Crossword Puzzles?


Here’s one reason:

Many consider crossword puzzles to be the pastime of the intelligent and knowledgeable people – a connection that we are only too happy to have.

More importantly?

Playing word games may legitimately improve your vocabulary.

Then again, so will developing your own mind as the perfect vocabulary builder (our focus on this YouTube playlist):

So, ultimately…

The idea that crossword puzzles will develop your memory is true enough.

For some people, at least.


Here’s Who Really Benefits From The Memory And
Brain Fitness Benefits Of Crossword Puzzles 


Can you guess who gets the most bang for their buck in the crossword universe?

The answer is simple:

The people who design crossword puzzles –  the cruciverbalists – experience the ultimate benefits.

As dedicated logophiles, crossword puzzle designers love using obscure words whenever and wherever they can.

And because they’re the architects of these games, they’re the ones most likely to remember the words they’ve enjoyed building into them.

To give a parallel example, it’s kind of like how songwriters find it easier than anyone else to remember the lyrics they’ve penned.


When Did We First Get Hooked on Crosswords:
A Fascinating History


The crossword – a standard feature in newspapers across the globe – celebrated its hundredth birthday on December 21, 2013.

And it’s still going strong!

However, when journalist Arthur Wynne invented and printed the first ever “word-cross” puzzle in the New York World newspaper on December 21, 1913, it was hardly met with much fanfare.



An editorial in The New York Times published on November 17, 1924 called crossword puzzles “a primitive sort of mental exercise” and a “sinful waste” of time.

The craze of word puzzles spread after publishing firm of Simon & Schuster launched its career in 1924 with a book of puzzles. This was the same year when the World published its first daily crossword puzzle.

Years later, the puzzle’s success surprised Wynne:

“… all I did was take an old idea as old as language and modernize it by the introduction of black squares,” he said in 1925. “I’m glad to have had a hand in it, and no one is more surprised at its amazing popularity” (Lynn J. Feigenbaum, Crosswords at a Crossroad, The Puzzle Turns 100. What is the clue to its Survival?).

Wynne was inspired by ancient word squares – where words read the same across and down.

Wynne also took inspiration from another puzzle, the acrostic – in which sets of letters (such as the initial or final letters of the lines) taken in order form a word or phrase or a regular sequence of letters of the alphabet.

Ultimately, the current format with its compact square diagram of white spaces and black bars, with connected across and down words, and numbered clues became popular.

The Addiction Theory Of Why We Love Crossword Puzzles


Word puzzles are not only fun, but immensely satisfying as every crossword problem has that one perfect solution – the feeling of perfection we miss in our everyday lives and seek through art, literature and now the Internet.

There’s also an almost addictive pleasure to finally finishing a puzzle.

Why is that?

Recall that ‘aha’ moment when you finally get that elusive word or phrase solution. Moments like those confirm, even if it’s only to yourself, how knowledgeable, smart and well-informed you are.


That’s A Heady Feeling!


Yet, therein lies part of the problem:

Isn’t it really the case that solving crosswords is the opposite of quest for knowledge?

When you think about it, crossword puzzles are kind of like a quest for confirmation. A journey to confirm that you are knowledgeable in a way that gives your brain that addictive high of accomplishment.

There’s more:

Some people have even called the crossword a sort of geometric Rorschach test, a kind of psychological experience that reflects the human need to solve a mystery.


Want to Know The Real Story?


In reality, crosswords encourage you to give up on things you don’t immediately know. For instance, if you don’t know a particular word linked to a clue …

You don’t know it!

And here’s the kicker…

Even if you did research to find the answer, would you remember it over the long term?


The amount of time the average person spends actually challenging their mind is questionable.


Because we usually know when we don’t know something.

As a result, we stop right there.

The instant our lack of knowledge becomes clear…

We’re gone!


If the original motive to complete a crossword was to develop your brain, stopping the instant you feel challenged is as good as cheating.

Why Is Crossword Cheating Bad For The Brain?


When it comes to playing word games, we find an imbalance between frustration and challenge.

The frustration is often too strong. It overrides the fun of challenges that propel you forward throughout the puzzle without creating barriers that make you want to quit.

Or worse, cheat and look up the answer without submitting yourself to much of a challenge in the first place.

The Stimulating Benefits Of Working With Crosswords


All’s not lost though…

While the research results in this area are mixed, some studies have found doing crosswords can actually stimulate the brain.

A study of 488 elderly people by researchers at Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego found that solving crossword puzzles delayed the onset of accelerated memory decline by 2.54 years.

It was not all good news, however. Check this out:

Once mental decline sets in, the deterioration is usually rapid. However, some findings suggest that word puzzles did help delay the onset of dementia.

For example, researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over. They found that the more regularly people did crosswords, the better their brain functioned in later life.

According to their results, people who engage in word puzzles have brain function equivalent to ten years younger than their age, on tests of grammatical reasoning speed and short term memory accuracy.


But There’s A Catch…
And It’s A BIG One…


“It is essential that we find out what lifestyle factors really make a difference to helping people maintain healthy brains to stop the soaring rise of the disease (dementia). We can’t yet say that crosswords give you a sharper brain — the next step is to assess whether encouraging people to start playing word games regularly could actually improve their brain function.”

This quote is from Clive Ballard, Professor of Age-Related Diseases at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Basically what he’s saying is that the results don’t really demonstrate that crossword puzzles help. There are too many competing factors to tell.

To make things even more confusing, check this out:

According to Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research of Alzheimer’s Society:

“This new research does reveal a link between word puzzles, like crosswords, and memory and thinking skills, but we can’t say definitively that regular ‘puzzling’ improves these skills.”

He recommends “keeping physically active, avoiding smoking and eating a healthy balanced diet” to reduce the risk of developing dementia.


What Are We Supposed To Conclude From These Confusing Contradictions?


Well, for one thing, these researchers are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They are saying that “yes, solving puzzles helps” on the one hand, “but it probably really doesn’t” on the other.

Which is it?

The truth:

It’s Not all Fun and Games When it Comes to Helping Your Brain
(And It Doesn’t Need To Be)


If only games could help you gain brain power!

While crosswords can be fun and satisfying, after the first dozen or so puzzles, the activity doesn’t offer enough variety or difficulty to engage your whole brain.

And as suggested, the temptation to skip over the challenging parts or cheat is so high that the actual amount of exercise you’re receiving is highly questionable.

And because of this high capacity for cheating and giving up that crossword puzzles invite, many people are actually not experiencing the ingredient that matters.


The Key Rule:
What Matters Most for a Healthy Brain


The key to a vibrant, healthy brain includes challenge and novelty. Doing only crosswords will help you get really good at solving crossword puzzles but nothing more.

This is because brain games can primarily improve the specific function that it is being trained for.

A 1999 study found that being more experienced in doing crossword puzzles didn’t offset the effects of aging when it came to mental tests of vocabulary and reasoning.

Moreover, the study revealed that success in solving crossword puzzles largely appeared to be a function of the amount of knowledge the individual already had, with little or no contribution of reasoning ability.

An independent panel set up by the National Institutes of Health also concluded that there is “no evidence of even moderate scientific quality” that exercise, drugs, dietary supplements or increased social engagement, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

I can’t emphasize this enough.

Research also states that any positive effects of being proficient in crossword solving does not elevate frontal lobe brain functions like decision-making, planning and judgment – functions that allow us to carry out our daily lives.

Moreover, just like physical exercise, when you stop doing the mental workouts, your brain loses the immediate gains.

How Crossword Puzzles Work For Kids Vs Adults 


Surprisingly, solving crossword puzzles can build confidence and poise in school kids. This was the result found during a project presented to the Faculty of the School of Education, The University of Southern California.

The project also found that solving puzzles can also help young people learn to concentrate, develop systematic work habits and build the ability to recognize and deal with various problems.

Moreover, according to the report, puzzles with their natural inference to games, can stimulate children’s interest. (Robert Louis Ramsdell, Educational Use of Crossword Puzzles for Elementary Schools)

A Better Way to Improve Your Brain and Get Smarter



One quick and easy way to make you smarter is to address people by name every time you see them and dialing frequently from memory rather than using speed dial.

If you are looking for a complete brain workout try this brain fitness method…

Click on the link below to get started:

Memory improvement training should always be linked to memorizing information that will immediately improve your life.

And that’s at the core of Magnetic Memory Method.

When you build Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way it lets you measure your memory improvement activities.


Why Is This Important?


Because tracking your outcomes leads to rapid improvement.

You not only get to remember the information faster, but also get predictable and reliable permanence that grows in strength each time you use the Magnetic Memory Method.

Even better:

All other memory techniques including playing crossword puzzles can be used inside of Memory Palaces.

But this never takes place the other way around (For example, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.)


The Real Value Of The Crossword Puzzle


Crossword puzzles do have a value – but these ultimately amount to being little more than recreational in nature.

At the most, if you can solve a puzzle, you know your brain is still pretty much intact. But whether your brain is getting stronger and sharper, the more puzzles you solve, is a matter of opinion.

The undebatable fact remains that using Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way can help you see some real improvement in your brain’s problem solving faculties.

It not only stimulates your brain, it also helps move information into long term memory faster and with predictable and reliable permanence.

So, let’s get started playing the games that truly help. (Hint: It’s using the Memory Palace to learn and remember anything forever!)

Are you in?

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How Vital Are Vitamins For Memory Improvement? Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:04:40 +0000 6 <p>Many people around the world dump thousands of dollars per year on the hope that pills in a pretty package will lead to a boost in memory is a common habit. Here's how to avoid becoming yet another victim of one of the health industry's biggest scams.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How Vital Are Vitamins For Memory Improvement?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Do you pop vitamins for memory improvement?

For many people around the world, dumping hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year on the hope that pills in a pretty package will lead to a boost in memory is a common habit.

Sadly, many seniors believe that it is essential to take nutritional supplements to combat against age related memory loss, brain fog, everyday forgetfulness or to deter the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

But falling for that ruse isn’t just for the older generations.

Even for the young and healthy amongst us, it is not uncommon to take vitamin pills in an attempt to improve retention or recall of information, learn a new language or excel in studies.

The question is…

How vital are memory enhancing pills?

Before we look at the answer, take a quick peek at the truth about the best supplement for memory and concentration:

It has long been argued that regularly eating foods rich in vitamins and daily exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Can vitamin supplement pills that help with memory be an easier option to provide the same nutrients to your body and mind?

Let’s find out.


What The Heck Are ‘Vitamins’ Anyway? An Astonishing History


Vitamins are a group of organic compounds – different from fats, carbohydrates and proteins – that nourish our body and are essential for our growth and functioning. We usually get them through the food we eat.

More importantly, research shows that vitamins are important to maintain brain health.

Check this out:

“In particular, research over the past 5 years has provided exciting evidence for the influence of dietary factors on specific molecular systems and mechanisms that maintain mental function.” That’s from Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a leading authority on nutrition and the brain at the University of California, Los Angeles in his research paper, Brain Foods: The Effects of Nutrients on Brain Function.

Here’s Something Even More Important:


While we need vitamins only in small quantities, if any vitamin is absent from our diet, a deficiency disease may occur –  a fact first noted by William Fletcher in 1905.

In 1912, the Polish-born biochemist Casimir Funk discovered a mysterious compound that he termed ‘vital amine,’ which later came to be known as ‘vitamin’.

A year later, in 1913 that a biochemist named Frederick Gowland Hopkins discovered Vitamin A  – the first vitamin to be discovered.

By early 20th century researchers had identified the 13 compounds or vitamins crucial to maintaining a healthy life.

They had also found that the underlying trigger for obscure illnesses such as scurvy, beriberi and pellagra was vitamin deficiency.

That’s not all…

It was around the same time that deficiency in certain vitamins was linked to loss of memory, focus and concentration.

Today, dietary supplements like B vitamins (folic acid, B6, and B12), antioxidants (vitamins C and E), herbal supplements (ginkgo biloba), and nutraceuticals (fish oil, coconut oil) are very much in-demand as pills that help with memory.


The Most Important Fact About Vitamins
For Memory In The World


Remember this:

Deficiency in Vitamin B12 can cause memory loss. This means that Vitamin B12  probably presents the most critical case in which supplements can help improve your brain’s ability to remember things.

But here’s the kicker:

If you are already getting adequate B vitamins though your diet, getting extra through supplemental pills will not give you a memory boost.

There are other foods that improve memory well worth checking out for that Magnetic outcome.


Exposed: The Billion Dollar Business of Vitamins


In the century since their discovery, vitamins or rather vitamin supplements have become big business.

In the United States alone, annual sales of all multivitamin and mineral containing supplements totalled $14.3 billion in 2014.

Since the 1940s, Americans have been taking multivitamin and mineral supplements.

But get this:

To date, there has been no concrete study to substantiate that popping vitamin supplements has improved people’s health or their memory more than what can be achieved by a healthy diet and exercise.

For more on how this ruse is taking place, you might want to check out The Darkside and the Brightside of How Marketers Manipulate Your Memory Every Single Day.

Interestingly, although more than one-third of all Americans take these supplements, they have no standard scientific, regulatory, or marketplace definitions.

Why does this matter?

Manufacturers decide the types and levels of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients in their supplements based on factors that are not always guided by science or in your best interest.


The Demons In Your Daily Diet


Now let’s get down to the core of the problem:

Processed or refined food is routinely fortified with added vitamins to increase its price as well as appeal among consumers.

So when you are taking supplements, on top of vitamins added to your foods,  you really don’t know whether you are ingesting more than your daily requirement.

This is a potentially deadly fact that matters above all:

Consuming more vitamins than your daily dietary requirements can be as detrimental to your health as being vitamin deficient.

Research by McGill University geneticist Rima Rozen and her colleagues reveal that taking 10 times the recommended daily intake of folic acid – often the dose recommended by doctors for pregnant women – causes liver damage in mice.

Research has also found that Vitamin E at doses of 400 international units (IU) or more per day is risky for people with heart disease. Such dosage may also raise the risk of prostate cancer.

Moreover, other studies show that Vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, and fish oil supplements can slightly inhibit blood clotting. When combined with an anticoagulant drug, such supplements can actually make you bleed or bruise more easily.


Messing Around With Memory Vitamins Is No Joking Matter


So you see…

Taking vitamins in the form of pills is not to be taken lightly.

You can’t just grab any bottle off the shelf and expect to get the outcome you seek – certainly not increased mental focus. That requires memory and concentration training.

And keep this in mind:

Any vitamin supplement has to be taken in context of your diet and how your body absorbs nutrients. This is one of those occasions where it’s okay for things to really be all about you.

Let’s face it:

Our bodies are constantly undergoing change due to social, psychological, physical and medical factors which in turn affect our intake, digestion, absorption and excretion of nutrients.

Consuming highly processed food or not cooking your vegetables properly can also cause inadequate vitamin intake.

These factors need to be taken into consideration when selecting your memory pills.

In any case, you should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements to rule out overdosing on any particular vitamin.


Rooting Out Flaws In The Plan


While many vitamin supplements, fish oil and herbs like ginkgo biloba are touted to improve memory, there is hardly any evidence to back up the claims.

A 2013 study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found no evidence that drugs, herbal products or vitamin supplements (including vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids – products thought to help brain function) helps prevent memory loss in healthy people.

In fact, the study revealed that certain treatments actually seemed to contribute to cognitive problems.

That’s completely the opposite of the goal!


Healthy women who were given estrogen hormone treatment to improve memory actually suffered from higher memory loss over time, compared to subjects who were given a placebo.


The Ugly Ginkgo Lie About Alzheimer’s and Dementia


A study showed that ginkgo herb did not decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, ginkgo is one of the top 10 natural products used by Americans as the best supplement for memory and concentration.

The issue is even bigger than that:

Since dietary supplements are not regulated the same way as prescription or over-the-counter drugs, manufacturers don’t have to pass the rigorous Food and Drug Administration process to ensure they are safe and effective before selling their products.

So, manufacturers can claim that the supplements “support” or “help” memory without needing any strong medical evidence supporting those claims.

Dietary supplements – that include vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, and other ‘natural’ substances – also pose a big risk for consumers.

Not only that, but get this:

Between 2008 and 2011, the FDA received 6,307 reports of health problems from dietary supplements, says a 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

That’s a lot of problems!


The Truth About How To Improve Brain Function and Memory


When it comes to brain vitamins for studying or memory enhancing drugs, nothing works better than a balanced diet, lots of hydration, an active lifestyle and 7 hours of sleep every night.

Easy isn’t it?

Well, hang on there, because it gets even better…

Foods like walnuts, green tea, blueberries, salmon are all super foods when it comes to protecting you from brain fog and memory loss.

The best part?

An easy-to-follow Mediterranean-style diet can have lasting benefits for brain health, confirmed a 2017 study. It showed that participants who closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to lose brain volume as they aged, compared with those who didn’t follow such a diet.

Another study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a Mediterranean diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, potatoes, nuts, olive oil and fish – may help make your brain about five years younger.

Processed foods, fried and fast foods, snack foods, red meat, poultry and whole-fat dairy foods are usually eaten less under this diet plan.

Drinking water also helps to improve memory and focused attention. A new study revealed that if you are even slightly dehydrated, it can impair your attention and memory.


D.O.C. & Vitamin M:
The Best Scientifically Proven Vitamins For Your Memory


Apart from good food, if you want a real memory booster you’ll need to exercise your brain.

Your brain is a muscle and like all muscles it must workout to retain and grow its strength.

In other words, you must use your mind. Regularly!

How do you do that?

Use D.O.C.

It’s a special compound anyone can muck together at any time and dose themselves with.

Broken down, the compound tells us that doing is the origin of confidence.

Memory confidence, that is. Also general mental competence.

Why is confidence so important?

Because confidence is a powerful “substance” that nourishes everything in your brain. It leads to accomplishment.

And working your mental muscles in a way that creates accomplishing-by-doing is one of the best brain supplements in the world.

The other vitamin that can really help improve memory is Vitamin M.

Vitamin M comes from creating Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way.

This is by far the coolest and easiest way to boost your brain function and make it easy to learn and remember anything.

That’s not all…

D.O.C. comes almost free because getting started involves nothing more than a simple drawing that follows some simple principles.


Why Is The Memory Palace The Best Memory Vitamin?


The answer is simple:

Unlike mind mapping, which unlocks multiple intelligences, a Magnetic Memory Method Memory Palace approach does that and more.

Creating Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way allows you to develop and use spatial memory in a way that unlocks the power of your multiple intelligences plus autobiographical memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural memory and other kinds of memory.

This incredible combination of intelligence and memory strengthening is very powerful because, combined with Recall Rehearsal, the holistic process lets you move information from short term memory into long term memory faster.

Even better:

You not only get to remember the information faster, but also get predictable and reliable permanence that grows in strength each time you use the Magnetic Memory Method.

Memory Palaces also have another unique characteristic:

All other memory techniques can be used inside of Memory Palaces. But this never takes place the other way around (For example, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.)

If you choose this memory training technique…

Click on the link below to get started:

Vitamins For Memory Are Not At All About The Fruit



It is super-simple to use a Memory Palaces, but you’ve got to create time for it.

And a great way to make sure you get time for your daily dose of ‘memory’ pills is through P.E.A.C.H.

What the heck is P.E.A.C.H.?

Practice Encoding At Calm Hours

This is such a powerful principle because the question is not how to practice memory techniques (just take the free course to learn how).

The real question is: when?

If you take the time to practice building Memory Palaces and exercising your brain through other means during times when you are uninterrupted, it leads to better implantation of that information in your long term memory.

When you P.E.A.C.H you also get the time to create effective Magnetic Imagery and perform effective Recall Rehearsal – both essential to building effective Memory Palaces.

Using the Magnetic Memory Method is great because, once you’re rolling, good memory abilities get you more time.

More time means you can practice memory enhancing techniques more often.

And that means experiencing better memory, better focus, clarity and concentration.

It’s a win-win!


0.2% Advantage?


No magic pill or supplement can help improve your memory or lift brain fog. In fact, vitamin supplements can at best give you a .02% verbal memory advantage (whatever that means).

It’s only through a balanced diet, meditation, sleep, and an effective, dedicated memory strategy (like the Magnetic Memory Method) that you will be able to enhance your memory, concentration and focus in a way that improves your entire life.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s build your brain powers today!

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Many people around the world dump thousands of dollars per year on the hope that pills in a pretty package will lead to a boost in memory is a common habit. Here's how to avoid becoming yet another victim of one of the health industry's biggest scams. Many people around the world dump thousands of dollars per year on the hope that pills in a pretty package will lead to a boost in memory is a common habit. Here's how to avoid becoming yet another victim of one of the health industry's biggest scams. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 31:14
How To Consistently Get Quick Victories With Language Learning Courses Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:36:03 +0000 0 <p>Do you wish you were getting more from the language learning courses you're taking? Olly Richards is a world-renowned language instructor who shows you how.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Consistently Get Quick Victories With Language Learning Courses</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Are you sick of taking language learning courses and falling flat on your face?

Let’s face it:

Language learning is a multi-million dollar industry, ranging from online video courses to books to slips of paper you can flip in your hands.

And not all of them are designed to help you succeed.

In fact, there’s a delicate balance between general language learning skills and the tangible results you get from second language acquisition with the help of a skilled teacher.

The questions you might have are numerous. They might include…

Are any languages easier or harder than others? And which language learning courses truly and authentically help, regardless of real or imagined difficulty and your current level?

These are all great questions, and in this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Olly Richards joins me to discuss how he’s using story and experience to make language learning courses more immersive.

Not only that, but Olly’s devoted to creating multiple quick victories that create motivation, remove obstacles and keep you moving even when they arise.

For a taste of how Olly’s courses works, checkout what I’ve found to be the best free Spanish language learning video series out there:

I suggest you click the image above now and register for Olly’s new course even if you’re not learning Spanish. You’ll learn great principles that apply to any language you might be studying, online or off.

Once you’ve registered, click play on this episode as Olly shares:

* Exactly when shared characteristics between languages gives you “short cuts” and when they create obstacles.

* The ultimate answer to “what is language acquisition?” (By understanding how the similarities between language acquisition and language learning can help your journey towards fluency, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches!)

* Why quick victories help you compound your activities and keep your energy high during the language learning process.

* The truth about “cognate rules” and why Olly never introduces them into his language teaching.

* Why you need to spend time with the language you’re learning.

* Why not having time is rarely the real problem for most language learners, certainly not in the way they think.

* Why the struggles most people experience with language learning have nothing to do with the language.

* The different kinds of “emotional turmoil” Olly has experienced and how to understand them when – not if – they happen to you.

* How do to deal with the consequences of learning hurdles people face so you don’t have to give up.

* How to find and enjoy language learning experiences that don’t force you into panic mode.

* The real reasons why the Michel Thomas recordings may work for some people, but don’t for others.

* The importance of listening and reading in ways that allow you to listen and observe naturally without the need for rules.

* Why story is the root of all human communication and learning.

* How story can connect you to all elements of the culture of your target language.

* How to structure your week so that you have time every day for learning with a language course online.

* How to model yourself after a great linguist to learn any language.

* Why taking long breaks does not help in learning a language.

* Why “conquer the morning, conquer the day” is not true for all people and how to find other times of day for consistently showing up to accomplish your learning goals.

* How Digital Amnesia plays into the language learning experience and how Olly thrives by keeping a healthy majority of his learning offline.

* The only two apps Olly uses in his language learning and why they’re useful.

* The true path to “deep focus” with simple study tools that immerse you in the task.

* The truth about the scientific evidence for how and when language learning takes place.


Further Resources From Olly Richards


Make Words Stick by Olly RichardsOlly Richards on Crazy Language Learning Goals & Mastering Motivation

Olly Richards Talks About Language Tech & Real Communication

Olly’s Fluent Spanish Academy Channel on YouTube

How about you? What’s your experience with online language learning courses? How have you balanced them with offline materials and avoided some of the “Digital Amnesia” issues we’ve discussed in this episode?

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Do you wish you were getting more from the language learning courses you're taking? Olly Richards is a world-renowned language instructor who shows you how. Do you wish you were getting more from the language learning courses you're taking? Olly Richards is a world-renowned language instructor who shows you how. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 59:26
3 Causes Of Forgetting Science Never Mentions And How To Stop Them Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:43:51 +0000 4 <p>There are 3 major causes of forgetting. Sadly, science never mentions any of them. If you'd like to remove the causes of forgetting forever, then read this.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Causes Of Forgetting Science Never Mentions And How To Stop Them</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> There are three causes of forgetting that memory science strangely never mentions.

Oh sure, the scientists talk about short term memory and long term memory.

Retrieval failure and ineffective coding.

Motivated forgetting and memory loss due to brain trauma, not unlike the kind we learned about in this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast (and how to bounce back from it):

All important stuff.

But let me ask you this:

What About The Real Causes Of Forgetting?


To find out, you’ve got to be a bit of detective.

I’m going to suggest three of the biggest causes, but at the end of the day, you also need to seek out the causes in your own life.

Like a detective.

But the following three are widely unknown, and the best time to start ousting them from your life is now.

The first is simple:

It’s general mental and memory fitness.

But the majority of people?

They’re doing nothing about it.

And get this:


Not Exercising Your Memory Is A HUGE Mistake



Well, let me ask you something:

You know all those little slips all memory experts make from time to time?

They’re nothing.


Certainly nothing like the Garden of Oblivion featured on this Wiki page about forgetting some people make it out to seem:

Garten des Vergessens.jpg

Definitely not a problem compared to the mountains a person with decent memory skills can move when push comes to shove.

But if you’re not keeping your mind fit with organic memory exercise – not “apps” – you’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’.

The solution?

Develop some organic memory fitness instead. To help, here are 5 Memory Improvement Exercises That Don’t Require Another Annoying App.


The Big Fat Memory Lie People Love To Tell


A lot of people out their aren’t telling the truth.

They’ll tell anyone who’ll listen about having a weak or bad memory.


It’s bad enough if you lie to yourself.

But lying to others?

That’s a big problem.


Because those to whom you lie might actually hold you accountable to the things you tell them about your memory.

Never Ever (Ever!) Insult Your Memory


Look, I know it seems innocent enough, but telling people you have a bad memory is far from in.

In fact, it’s a crime.


Because your thoughts matter and you should NEVER insult your memory.


How To Stop Lying About Your Memory


Instead of saying, “I can’t remember” and things like that, try something else.

When memory “fails,” try saying things like, “I’m sorry. I’m always exercising my memory. It’ll come back to me.”

I promise.

By doing this, you’ll create an entirely new and more powerful relationship with your memory.

This new relationship will make you very happy and bring you immense success.


How To Chill Out And Remember More


Do you want to know why memory improvement seems like such a drag when others teach it?

Because they put so much pressure on making it happen.

No. Oh no. Please no.

We’re not in a competition here, not in the Magnetic Memory Method universe.

Sure, the Magnetic Memory Method can help you win competitions. I’m happy to announce that my memory training has contributed to such triumphs not once, but twice:

That’s a happy side effect, and one I’m proud of.

By my core focus falls on getting you to relax your memory so you can slide important info into long term memory.

Info you want to stay for awhile.

Not Bland, Boring And Mind-Butchering Info You’ll Never Use!


In some cases (like when you’re learning a language or skill), you want that info to stay forever.

The blunt, cold hard truth:

If you’re as rigid as a rock, it never will. Information will bounce off your brain faster than you can blink.

So here’s what I suggest:

Learn how to concentrate and improve memory Buddha-style.

Then leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Are you making any of the 3 memory mistakes that cause so much forgetting?

And let me know:

What do you need to help you remove these mistakes?

If it’s a memory improvement video course, just click on the image below to get started:

But please promise me one thing:

Promise that you’ll stay away from memory supplement pills.

Trust me.

Not only does taking them put a burden on your memory (you have to remember to take them, after all).

But they don’t get at the root causes of why we forget and all the core factors that influence forgetting.

Look forward to hearing from you in the comments and talk soon! 🙂



P.S. Do you have this book?


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How to Create A Memory Palace For Memorizing Human Anatomy Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:29:14 +0000 4 <p>Are you looking for ways to use a Memory Palace network for memorizing human anatomy? Let me help you out with these mnemonic examples. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Create A Memory Palace For Memorizing Human Anatomy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Human anatomy isn’t exactly linear, is it?

I mean, we love using the term “from head to toe,” but…

When it comes to everything that happens between these two parts…

There aren’t a whole lot of straight lines.

That’s why we need a dedicated Memory Palace strategy when it comes to memorizing human anatomy.

And even if the human body is ultimately a whole unit, it is built from multiple systems.

That’s great because the Magnetic Memory Method operates from the basis of multiple Memory Palaces.

(I prefer to think of these Memory Palace systems as “networks” because of how one Memory Palace strengthens the other.)

Here’s the raw truth:

If you’re using just one Memory Palace, you’re not even close to the awesome power of multiple locations optimized for memorizing information like human anatomy.

But first things first:


Why Use A Memory Palace For Human Anatomy?


When you look at the alternatives, the most direct and honest answer is this:

Because Memory Palace systems and mnemonics are quite simply more fun.

More fun than software.

More fun than flash cards.

More fun than the stress and strain of forgetting the words again and again (especially if you have medical exams looming).

But the reality is this:

Not All People Love Using A Memory Palace
For Human Anatomy!


And you know?

As shocking as we mnemonists find this to be, it’s totally normal.

You don’t have to enjoy the process to get results.

But it certainly helps.

And you’ll probably find that the reason you don’t like using memory techniques for human anatomy is simply that you find it a boring topic.

If that’s the case, then it’s not the mnemonics to blame. And it’s probably time to start thinking about how to live a life worth remembering.


What Is A Memory Palace?


Assuming you’re on board to use memory techniques for human anatomy whether you love mnemonics or not, it’s useful to know exactly what we’re talking about.

Unfortunately, the term “Memory Palace” is poorly misunderstood. This leads to a lot of questions, for which “yes” is usually the answer.

Yes, you can reuse Memory Palaces (just watch out for the Ugly Sister Effect).

Yes, a Memory Palace is something that you create in your mind.

Yes, it is ideally based on a place that you’ve seen before.

Yes, you can make virtual Memory Palaces (or even Memory Palaces based on movies and TV series).

But at their core, Memory Palaces are really just points in space. You are turning spatial coordinates already known to you (thanks to a free resource called spatial memory) into mnemonic devices, one Magnetic Station at a time.

Quick question for you:

  • Strongly agreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeDidn't know it exists

The Goal With Proper Memory Palace Creation Is Simple:


You use your spatial memory to help create efficient Memory Palaces that REDUCE cognitive overwhelm.

This point is significant because most people create Memory Palaces in ways that INCREASE cognitive overwhelm.

That’s because they’re trying to imagine the Memory Palaces at the same time as the Magnetic Imagery used in Memory Palaces.

And that, Magnetic friend, is a huge no-no.

(More on avoiding that huge no-no in a bit.)


How To Create A Memory Palace For Human Anatomy


The topic is best learned with some Memory Palaces up on the screen and a “homework” assignment. Just click here to get started:

Once you’ve taken the free course and submitted your assignment, the only thing left to do is create multiple Memory Palaces and use them.

How To Know How Many Memory Palaces You Need


To create your Memory Palace networks in the best possible way, it’s good to decide how many Memory Palaces you need in advance. Here’s a YouTube Live discussion we help that will help you understand the concept:

To put this part of the art of memory into the context of human anatomy, let’s say you’re going to become an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

I’m not a specialist myself, but even without invoking Digital Amnesia by using Google to hunt down some info, it’s safe to guess that I’ll want to memorize the anatomy and systems related to the:

  • Inner Ear
  • Middle Ear
  • Outer Ear
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Mouth
  • Skull

So, keeping it simple for the sake of creating an example, that’s at least seven Memory Palaces.

Or is it?

I ask because it looks like the entire ear could be covered by a single Memory Palace.

Myself, I would start with the outer ear and focus on the three most important parts on most ear diagrams I’ve seen:

  • Auricle
  • Auditory canal
  • Tympanic membrane

All three could fit in a single room based on three Magnetic Stations (or less).

In the next room, I would have the middle ear, but probably divide this into two rooms because the ossicles have parts of their own: malleus, incus, stapes.

And the ossicle bones don’t stop with just 3 names! They are also called the hammer, anvil and stirrup. For that, I would probably use the Pillar Technique.

Ultimately, the exact management comes down to your experience using these techniques.


Using The Power Of Pre-Organized Structures


If you’re using the Magnetic Memory Method, you could alphabetize your Memory Palace network. In this case, it probably will not make sense alphabetize the information inside of each Memory Palace, but it is an option depending on your Mnemonic Style.

The reason the alphabet is such a powerful tool is this:

Just as you know the buildings from which you create Memory Palaces by heart, you also know the alphabet by heart.

This simple fact means that when you’re practicing Recall Rehearsal, you can easily progress through the Memory Palaces in an order.

You can also create a mnemonic hook built into the network that tells you which Memory Palace needs to be renewed next.

Again, everything begins with knowing how much you need to know so that you can get your Memory Palaces created and tethered to the information you need to learn.

From there, you can proceed based on the robust foundation of pre-organized structures in the world such as the alphabet.

How To Use A Memory Palace For Human Anatomy


The next step involves creating Magnetic Imagery.

What is Magnetic Imagery?

It’s incredibly easy.

Let’s say you want to memorize the three parts of the ossicle (all six names).

You would next create a Magnetic Image while mentally considering a point in space in a Memory Palace.

You don’t have to literally “see” these things in your mind. And yes, you can get results from this technique even if you have aphantasia:

All that matters is that you can tap into your Magnetic Modes and start to create Magnetic Imagery that is:

  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Dynamic
  • Big
  • Colorful
  • Crazy
  • Strange
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Animated
  • Forceful
  • Loud
  • Rhyming
  • Punning

And beginning to play with these terms now…

I am thinking of my own Ear, Nose and Throat specialist from when I was a kid…

In one corner of his examination room, I begin to imagine Malcolm McDowell wrestling with an eel…

Now he’s smashing the Toys R Us logo into the eel using a plastic toy “hammer”…

Like this:

Malcolm + eel + hammer + Toys R Us logo = Malleus and hammer.

Sure, that’s a picture, but I’m not really “seeing” it in my mind. I’m feeling it, hearing it, sensing it, playing with it as a concept.

Put all of these sensory elements together with your spatial memory in a Memory Palace and you will be able to encode and decode any information in a way that enters long term memory fast. In fact, there techniques are …


So Simple, Even A Child Can Do It!


Really, there’s no reason to struggle with using memory techniques for human anatomy.

You’ve just got to get your strategy sorted out.

And I know that a lot of people think it takes too much time…

Looking at the amount to be learned…

Making some projections and equations…

Creating the Memory Palaces for anatomy…

They think it’s going to be too much work.

But here’s the thing:


If It Feels Like Work… You’re Doing It Wrong!


I make no apology for this declaration. It just simply is the case that mnemonics for any subject are never hard. And they’re certainly NEVER work.

You’re at play in the fields of your mind!

You just need to understand something Tony Buzan once suggested:


The Rules Set You Free


And speaking of rules, there’s just one more set you need to understand.

Once you’ve got your Memory Palaces up and running…

Once you’re filling them up with memorable Magnetic Imagery so that you can learn and encode all the human anatomy words that you need linked with the areas of the body to which they correspond…

You need only get those words into long-term memory.

It’s really easy.


The Memory Magic Of Recall Rehearsal


Just revisit the Magnetic Imagery you created in your Memory Palaces.

As with how you will develop your own mnemonic style over time, you’ll also develop your own style of Recall Rehearsal.

You’ll learn exactly how many times you need to revisit the information in order for it to stick.

And you always have ways to speed up the process using the Big Five Of Learning that I teach throughout the Magnetic Memory Method trainings.

Follow these principles using your Memory Palace network and you will never forget human anatomy again.

On the other hand, fail to follow these principles, and you can hope for the best with the flash cards, spaced-repetition software and other techniques that you hate because they keep letting you down.

These tools can be good, but we must admit one thing: They are built for use in environments that create digital amnesia.

But understand this:

A Good Memory Palace And Mnemonics Practice
Will Never Let You Down!


Not if you’re using them well.

And using them well means that you’re making your memory more and more Magnetic each and every time you sit down to study.

It’s really that easy.

Again, if you need help understanding Memory Palace creation, please take the free course. Or if you prefer ongoing support, consider subscribing to the Magnetic Memory Method Print Newsletter.

Enjoy your new ability to use a Memory Palace to memorize human anatomy and talk soon!

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Want To Become A Mnemonics Dictionary? 5 Powerful Secrets Revealed! Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:11:46 +0000 8 <p>Looking for a mnemonics dictionary? Stop wasting your time and start learning how to become a mnemonics dictionary yourself. The memory power feels amazing!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Want To Become A Mnemonics Dictionary? 5 Powerful Secrets Revealed!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Nothing is more valuable than the benefit of hindsight from someone with experience, especially if you want to become a mnemonics dictionary.

I know because I’ve been there. I used to struggle.

Big time.

But then something changed.

And these days, many people marvel at how rapidly I toss out powerful mnemonic examples on demand.

The truth:

I trained myself to do it.

And I’ve trained thousands of others since then to unlock this simple power.

The only problem is…

A lot of people never reach their goal of being about to pop out reliable Magnetic Imagery (a.k.a. mnemonic imagery) because they get the impression that creating mnemonics is too hard.

(That’s too bad, because the truth is, you don’t even have to have a dictionary full of images in your mind in order to mnemonics to work.)

People also worry that creating effective mnemonics takes too much time, even though all the evidence in the world shows that if you’ll just learn the skill, it gets faster and faster.


Here’s What Most Unsuccessful People Do… 


They go running all over the Internet looking for a mnemonic generator or mnemonics dictionary, never understanding that true skill with memory techniques comes from honing your “mnemonics psychology,” a.k.a memory improvement mindset.

And let’s not even try to dodge one basic truth:

Becoming a person who can create useful mnemonics on the fly (even faster than they can create an impromptu Memory Palace) requires some personal power.

After all, you’re summoning up the best powers of your imagination, after all. And that takes…


A Magnetic Fountain Of Mental Energy!


The truth is that getting started can feel like effort.

And some beginners with mnemonics need more energy than others.

But here’s the thing:

The effort needed when using memory techniques like a Memory Palace all amount to a special kind of effort.

A kind of effort that is not only easy and fun to employ, but one that gets easier over time as you transform into a mnemonics dictionary.


What Is A Mnemonics Dictionary?


Basically, most mnemonics dictionaries serve as a crutch.

Some mnemonics dictionaries show you pictures that will help you remember words. They could be for medical terminology or help remembering vocabulary while learning a language.

For Chinese, Chineasy essentially serves that function. I’ve made my own version for MandarinHQ’s Real Spoken Chinese Vault with special video walkthroughs.

But the difference between Chineasy and the kind of mnemonics dictionaries I create is this:

Whereas others tend to throw you piles of mnemonic examples on end without helping you understand your mnemonic style, I teach you the skill behind creating the mnemonics.

Not only so you can develop your own mnemonics dictionary for a language you’re studying or a particular body of expertise.

But so that you actually understand how your memory and imagination work and can ultimately teach these simple skills to others.

That leads to pure happiness. Seriously, just look at these smiles:

Best part?

When you learn how to fish instead of letting someone fish for you, the reduction in effort happens fast. Here are three ways to fish better that compliment a proper memory technique skillset (and an added mind mapping strategy if you care to add one):

Put those into action and you’ll come to understand one fundamental truth most people don’t know:

You’re Using Mnemonics All The Time Anyway!


You just don’t realize it.

And you probably don’t have a positive outlook on what “effort” really means.


The Truth About “Effort” Everyone Who Wants
To Be A Mnemonics Dictionary Needs To Know


The effort involved in using mnemonics is like kissing or eating chocolate. Once you understand this simple point, you become the world’s best mnemonic generator.

And because you’ll remember all the mnemonics you’ll create, you’ll also become the world’s greatest mnemonics dictionary.

It’s Really Simple To Understand
That Math, Isn’t It? 

Whether it’s kissing or eating chocolate, in both cases, you’re using the muscles of your mouth.

And in both cases, your mouth requires energy.

But even though effort is involved, you hardly notice the effort because the experience of kissing and tasting the chocolate feels so good.

Whipping Out Magnetic Imagery Like A Human Mnemonics Dictionary Feels Even Better! 


Seriously. Get this simple point and you will quickly become a walking, talking mnemonics dictionary.

And the wonderful after effects linger for a long time too.

But I still have my regrets. I experienced painful learning curves. I sometimes got frustrated.

Here’s the thing:


Becoming A Mnemonics Dictionary Is
A Journey, Not A Destination


It doesn’t have to take long to get rolling (2-5 hours with the Magnetic Memory Method). But it is a skill that you grow with over time.

More than a decade in, I’m still growing myself.

And trust me:

If you’re still a beginner, you can’t even imagine all the things memory techniques will do for you when you’re just at the beginning.

Best part:

When you stay on the path with mnemonics, you have so many things to look forward to. More than you could ever imagine.

But if you’re still sitting on the fence about becoming a mnemonics dictionary, these 5 things I wish I knew before starting with mnemonics will help you.

As always, everything starts with the foundations of the Memory Palace.

1. No One Cares About The Size Of Your Memory Palace


When people start out with mnemonics, they usually start working on one MASSIVE Memory Palace. Here are 5 Memory Palace examples to help you do better.

I made this mistake myself once in awhile at the beginning, and have at times have created mega-sized Memory Palaces.

But almost every time…

The bigger the Memory Palace, the harder it was to use. They were effectively useless.

Small is almost always better, like this one from a Magnetic Memory Method student:

How to Memorize Things In Record Time Using These Time Management Tips

What I’ve learned is that a Memory Palace is usually most effective when it is:

* Small in size
* Based on corners and larger fixtures
* Used for memorizing tactically chosen information
* Used for drilling immediately useful information into long-term memory

But that shopping mall? Grand Central Station? Tiergarten?

No – they’re all far too massive for the beginner mind to conceive.

And that means you have less time and attention to focus on what matters. Instead, work on developing…


The Skill Set Of A Mnemonics Dictionary Master!


For the mind of a memory skills master, massive Memory Palaces are indeed interesting, but not nearly as useful as smaller Memory Palaces for the same reason.

The focus should always be on the Magnetic Imagery, not on the Memory Palace.

Because even if the Memory Palace technique is the ultimate foundation, here’s the truth:

Memory Palaces Are Just One Tool
In The Toolbox Of Mnemonics


And without mastering them and moving past this skill, you never quite get to the part that matters:

Using Magnetic Imagery so that you can have a mnemonics dictionary in your head.

Frankly, your Memory Palace should be like a constellation. You should create it with enough simplicity that you can see and feel it in the same way you see the Big Dipper.

In other words, you know it’s the Big Dipper at a glance, WITHOUT having to impose a spoon on the constellation.

Where does my biggest Memory Palace cap out?

50 Magnetic Stations appears to be my general sweet spot.

(Yes, I have a magnificent Memory Palace with 58 Magnetic Stations, but 5 rooms with 10 Stations in each is a solid number when you can get it.)

And as luck would have it, you usually have no problem putting that together in an apartment or home.


The Mnemonic Magic Of Drilling Down


But here’s the thing:

I’ve recently been enjoying great benefits from thinking of individual rooms as a Memory Palace.

Whereas in the past, I would have considered my entire apartment a Memory Palace, I now think of the studio, bathroom, kitchen, etc. as their own independent Memory Palaces.

My current apartment is still held for the exclusive purpose of learning Chinese, but I’ve found that shifting from “apartment as Memory Palace” to “room as Memory Palace” has made Recall Rehearsal much more fruitful.


2. The Map Is Not The Territory


Over the years, I’ve made many Memory Palaces that have never been used.

This is a good thing!


Because Memory Palace creation is a mnemonic skill until itself. Memory Palace creation exercises your spatial memory and keeps you thinking about the most important mnemonic strategy we’ve got: location-based mnemonics.

Using a Memory Palace, on the other hand, is also an art unto itself. It’s in using the Memory Palace that the real memory magic happens because the other tools of mnemonics come into play:

Magnetic Association and Recall Rehearsal.

So the irony is that you really can improve as a Memory Palace architect merely by blueprinting. But the only true growth and depth if insight takes place when you dive in and spend some time inside your mnemonic creation.


3. The Memory Palace Must Be Drawn


I spent a long time creating Memory Palaces based on what I read in books. But never once did anyone suggest drawing out a Memory Palace.

Looking back, this strikes me as insane. Every advantage I’ve experienced and principle I’ve discovered for creating well-formed Memory Palaces comes from getting pen and pencil in hand.

And in nearly every case, the drawn Memory Palace works far better than one that is merely imagined on its own.

Since teaching this important principle, I’ve received hundreds upon hundreds of Memory Palace drawings from people. They don’t always follow the key principles of identifying certain core Magnetic Stations.

But because they’ve drawn the Memory Palace, it’s easy for us to look together and better strategize the mnemonic journey they’ll be using to learn and remember their topic.


4. Small Sets Of Info Enter Long-Term Memory
With Greater Ease Than Monster Lists


Although any mnemonist can Magnetically encode and memorize large amounts of information, there’s a difference between short term and long term recall.

And if you want the amount of info in your mind that only a mnemonics dictionary can provide…

Long-term retention is always the goal.

Think about it in business terms:

Maximizing the return on time and energy invested is the key factor.

But because not all information is created equal, no reasonable person can expect a fast and solid guideline that applies across the board.

The amount of Recall Rehearsal needed for some words may be more than others. You might encode one mathematical formula once and hold it in memory forever and require more exposure to another, even if it’s technically easier.

That said, Recall Rehearsal, based on Dominic O’Brien’s Rule of Five, is a go-to starting point.

Modify from there based on your needs and work with small sets of information for each recall session so you maintain focus over the long haul. You’ll get more information into long-term memory by working with small sets over the course of a month than you will by cramming.


5. Never Cave Into Self-Critical Perfectionism And Judgment


Judging the appropriateness of my Magnetic Imagery plagued me for far too long.

No, I’ve never been a prude. But I was raised to be a gentleman and had suffered some abuses to my imagination from a religious upbringing that caused me concern as I developed my memory skills.

Don’t fall prey to internal or external judgment.

Memory techniques work best when you eliminate the stress of judgment. Although the associations you make might seem extreme, they’re just in your mind. Chances are you’ll even forget them anyhow, holding only the target information in mind.

Likewise, don’t let perfection get in the way. The Magnetic Memory Method shows you the best ways to proceed, but again, the map is not the territory. You’ve got to dive in, take action and even make the odd mistake. Without taking action, you cannot learn.

Knowing what I know now and having experienced the absolute power a superb memory brings, I wish I’d known these five things in advance. They are game changers when you have large learning projects.

And as we all know, time is so short in this life.

I hope this set of 5 hindsights help you avoid some of the problems I faced so you can race straight to getting results with the mnemonics dictionary you’re building in your mind.

So, what are you waiting for?…

Ready, set, memorize!

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How To Stop Punishing Yourself When You Say Stupid Things Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:44:53 +0000 8 <p>Tired of calling yourself an idiot (or worse)? Learn how some simple memory improvement tools can help you stop self punishment fast and forever.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Stop Punishing Yourself When You Say Stupid Things</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Stop self punishment using better memory skills and the Magnetic Memory MethodIt happens. We all have verbal diarrhea from time to time.

Sometimes we say something we think is funny. Other times we’re just being rude.

Heck, sometimes we don’t even know why we get the feeling we’ve said something wrong or offensive.

For whatever reason, often within seconds…

Ours words suddenly rub us the wrong way.


The bad feeling that won’t go away starts to itch…

It may even burn, sometimes leading us to say even more ludicrous things that make us feel even worse.

Once those words are out there … they’re out there.

The worst thing of all:


This Problem Chews Up Your Mental Space And
Memory Resources!


Make no mistake:

The things we say can be damaging.

Very damaging, especially regarding how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves.

But it’s probably our self-perception that takes the hardest hit, especially if we have OCD tendencies and repeat words and phrases in our minds.

(That happens to me a lot, along with earworms.)


The “Childish” Reasons People Self-Punish


Ultimately, no one knows why we self-punish.

It could be that our bodies and minds are trying to build up energy to deal with the pain. But we do it in a childish way.

Ludwig Wittgenstein has been credited with originating the story of the child who made his way into a cocktail party.

While there, the child banged his knee on a table and started crying loudly.

“There, there” said all the adults when they saw his bloodied knee.

And the adults continued cooing at the child to comfort him as they applied rubbing alcohol and a bandaid to the wound.

Now imagine the same cocktail party.

This time, instead of a child, a grown man bangs his knee.

He feels the exact same pain and his wound produces the same amount of blood.

But the difference is that the man does not bawl in public.

Instead, the grownup observes silently that he has banged his knee and excuses himself to the washroom.

There, he finds the rubbing alcohol on his own and administers a bandaid.


Do You Scream In Silence?


Why does the man do all of this in silence instead of crying his heart out?


Social conditioning over the years has not changed the nature of the pain or the work needed to care for the wound.

But social conditioning has changed the nature of what makes for an appropriate response to the pain.

According to some self-punishment theories, even the maturest of adults have minds that still need conditioning so that they respond in mature ways to mental pain.


Exactly How To Mature Your Mind And
Stop Mentally Punishing Yourself


I don’t know about you, but in my past, I’ve called myself an idiot for the verbal mistakes I’ve made at least a thousand times.

In fact…

I’ve said many things worse than that to myself. And no, I’m not going to repeat them.

But I’ve come to understand that they were just the signs and symptoms of an untrained mind. There was nothing wrong with that mind. It just hadn’t been matured.

And although this self-punishment still happens once in awhile, I’ve learned to settle the self-abuse down.

The cure mostly comes down to a combination of relaxation, mindset and huge respect for memory and the practice of memory improvement and maintenance over many years.

Here are four ways I’ve dealt with the self-punishment so that it no longer chews up memory power, no longer bashes self-esteem and no longer has the power to reduce life satisfaction:


Tip #1:
Learn The Scary Truth About Social Inattention


Here’s a power reality:

A HUGE percentage of the things we say to others tend to be forgotten.

In fact, thanks to something called inattentional blindness, most people barely perceive what you’re saying at all.


Because the people you’re talking to are barely paying attention.

Even if they were, human memory is flawed in your favor.

If the minds of other people are barely tracking a tenth of what you’re saying, they are encoding far less than that into memory.


The Ultimate Proof That Few People
Remember What You Say


Want proof?

Go ahead and study yourself when listening to others and I think you’ll find that it’s true.

You’re not focused like a laser on what they’re saying.

You’re not enjoying photographic memory, nor recording everything like a video camera.

Quite the opposite.

The truth?


Your Mind Is All Over The Place!


More than half the time, you’re thinking about what you’re going to say next. You’re probably even obsessively repeating what you want to say in your mind so you won’t forget.

The rest of your conscious mind is either thinking about the past, the future or fantasizing about some alternate present.

This significant amount of brain activity means that you’ll miss entire details completely.

All this happens despite the fact that you’ll be experiencing reality as an unbroken continuity.

Scary, but true.

What this all means is that when you say inappropriate things, you shouldn’t get too worried about it and start flagellating yourself.

You also shouldn’t start self-punishing yourself for having the attention span of a goldfish (you don’t).

But if you get all hot and bothered about something you said, the best trick I know is to confront the feeling head-on.

Just ask the person point blank:

“Did what I said about x a little earlier offend you? Because I apologize if it did.”

Chances are you’re the only one bothered by what you said, and it’s probably already been forgotten – assuming it was registered in the first place.

If you punish yourself at all for things you’ve said, please take up this practice of publicly confronting this feeling.

You will feel tremendous relief when you do.


Tip #2:
Take Responsibility For Your Verbal Oil Spills


As I’ve just suggested, one great solution to managing your anxiety about verbal diarrhea is to confront it directly. If you’ve said something that bothers you, don’t be afraid to draw attention to it.

And go in prepared to do so.

Decide to be a conscientious conversationalist and own up to every faux pas you make.

In other words:

If you say something that either is insulting or you feel could be interpreted as insulting, be the one to call yourself out on it.

What’s the worst that can happen?

The answer is simple:

The worst that can happen is that people think you’re weird…

Not such a bad thing, is it?

In all likelihood, they’ll probably appreciate you more and admire you.


Because you take ownership over your mouth – even if they never noticed the thing you said in the first place.


Tip #3:
Always Be Cool


I can’t always pull it off the Always Be Cool rule due to food sensitivities and psoriasis arthritis.

Unfortunately, even with the strict dietary controls I place on my diet, it’s impossible to know the location of every farm and every nibble eaten by every chicken.

So yes, some things send me into a conniption that can last far too long. But overall, I’m generally a calm and cool guy.

I owe that stability to a few things.

The first is regular meditation. I practice multiple kinds, mostly structured around the sit-just-to-sit variety I learned from an Alan Watts recording.

I’ll also practice Savasana, breath-withholding and walking meditations that incorporate a bit of both. (Yes, you can lay down in parks during walks.)

Use Memory Techniques Everyday For Mental Relief


Second, I use memory techniques everyday. For reasons that go beyond learning.

Make no mistake:

A lot of people use memory techniques as a means to an end, which is great.

That’s what memory techniques are there for.

Learning a new language, remembering numbers, remembering names, and more.

Why Memory Techniques Are
Better Than Psychoanalysis


But there’s also tremendous therapy to be had from memory techniques. They make you feel confident, composed and relaxed.

These outcomes are especially important when you’re a guy like myself who is always fighting for stability and hoping to stay off medication to do it.

If you want the background to that story, here’s a video from quite some time ago when I declared I was going on the psychopharmaceutical sauce for good:

As brave as I sound in that video, it was actually one of the scariest things I’ve done in my life.

But everything worked out.


The answer is simple:


Memory Techniques + Meditation =
The Perfect Time Machine


When you practice meditation and memory, you’re always more in the moment.

In other words, you’ve got a “time machine” that keeps you focused on the present.

Why is being present so cool?

Because true presence means that you’re paying attention to what you’re saying BEFORE you say it.

And that’s the ultimate solution to self-punishment:

Pre-awareness that prevents you from making the kinds of errors you punish yourself for in the first place.


Tip #4:
Learn To Listen To Yourself And Others


This one is going to require a bit of self-analysis and the study of others. It might also be considered half-lunacy, as Freud himself noted in his General Introduction to Psychoanalysis lectures.

Beyond that, the premise is that we all unconsciously encode messages in the things we say that seek to communicate what we’re really thinking.

We typically tend to send these messages in the form of the stories we tell or off-handed remarks. They can be attempts at manipulation, retaliation or simply telling truths too dangerous for our conscious mind to handle.

I learned to spot the tendency to encode information unconsciously in myself and others from Robert Langs.

Langs was a controversial figure with whom I underwent Communicative Psychotherapy in New York. His style of therapy is based almost entirely on dream interpretation in a situation in which death anxiety is deliberately invoked by the therapist.

Langs died recently and I’m still stunned by his passing.

He seemed like one of those timeless figures who would always be around, particularly because his ideas were so impactful and larger than life.

Although I only spent six months in weekly sessions with him, in addition to reading his books, my time with Langs completely changed my way of living and communicating.

How To Get The Best Psychotherapy
In The World At Very Little Cost


The best way to learn how to spot your unconscious communications without the help of a therapist is to journal your dreams. You’re not going to try and interpret them as such, but just get a feeling for the kinds of narratives that come up.

In a session with Langs, he would ask you to narrate one or more dreams. He would then have you free associate to it and recite whatever came to your mind.

This task always brought up a lot of irrational resistance in me. There was never any reason not to tell Langs the things that came to my mind, but yet it would often seem threatening to do so. Sometimes the resistance would bring the session to a complete shutdown.

Gradually I learned to open up and reveal the connections that would come up in my mind. I couldn’t always do it, but Langs would always ask what the dream and how I related it had to do with him.

It was always a perplexing question, but I’ll never forget the day I finally drummed up the courage to start answering it.

Because the truth is that when we tell stories to others, there does always seem to be some comment we’re making on the present situation and the person to whom we’re speaking.

So if you can find someone to whom you can tell your dreams and who can hear what you’re REALLY saying, this is a great way to practice the awareness of what you’re saying in any conversation.

And you can learn to listen to others better too. That doesn’t mean judging them or necessarily telling them what you’ve perceived. But it will help you form better ideas about the real messages you’re receiving and shape how you respond in more sensitive ways.


Ready To Stop The Self-Punishment?


Although it won’t necessarily happen overnight and may still recur from time to time, you can get a handle on punishing yourself for saying stupid things.

Just use the tips above and you’ll start to see a difference immediately.

And if you’re interested in learning more about how self-directed dream therapy can help, I recommend getting my video course with its bonuses, How To Remember Your Dreams.

In this course, you’ll learn more about hearing your true voice by unlocking an aspect of memory improvement that you’ve likely never considered before.

Use Coupon Code “DREAM” and take $50 off your tuition in this exclusive memory improvement course. Alternatively, you can get How to Remember Your Dreams as part of the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.

You might want to take my free course on creating Memory Palaces first.

The choice is up to you and we’d love to hear you in the conversation below. What are your thoughts on defeating self-punishment for the stupid things we sometimes say and do?

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Walking Meditation: 3 Memory Improving Ways to Walk Yourself Into Bliss Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:55:06 +0000 2 <p>If you've ever wondered how to combine walking meditation with memory improvement and increasing your concentration, here are 3 memory improving and mind-blowing ways to experience memory improvement and bliss. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Walking Meditation: 3 Memory Improving Ways to Walk Yourself Into Bliss</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Walking Meditation and Memory Improvement TipsHate flying? I sure do, but with a solid walking meditation, all aspects of the flights I take go much smoother.

Same thing with going to the dentist or making your way to the surgical table. Having a go-to walking meditation method takes the edge off.

Oh, and walking meditation helps create everyday stability too.

And since most of us walk at least a little every day, why not use that time to experience memory improvement?

The question is…

What is walking meditation?

It’s a means of practicing mindfulness and presence.

And how mindfulness and presence help your memory is about to be revealed…


3 Reasons You Should You Develop
A Walking Meditation Practice


1. Meditation reduces stress and causes your brain to release healing chemicals.

2. Meditation has also been shown to improve concentration and memory, likely because of how the practice makes you more attentive throughout each day.

And since you can’t remember what you haven’t registered, anything that increases your present-moment awareness is worth every second you spend developing it.

3. Meditation is a form of rest. In my own experience, a solid meditation of just 9-15 minutes can feel just as restful as a good night’s sleep.

Yes, meditation is that powerful.


Why Walking Meditation Is Bliss On Wheels


And the fact that you can meditate on the way to the grocery store makes everything about the practice even better.

Instead of frittering away the time on useless thoughts and worries, you can focus on your physical being in the present moment. You’ll enjoy life more and experience increased health.

Both of which can lead to more time in which to enjoy your improved awareness.

To help you out, here are three relatively unheard of ways to kickstart one of the best habits you’ll ever develop.


1. Breath Counting Meditation


One of the easiest ways to start a walking meditation practice involves nothing more than tracking and counting your breathing.

Every time you breathe in, give the breath a number. Likewise, give each exhale a number.

I like to count each number twice, i.e.:

In 1
Out 1 …

In 2
Out 2 …

In 3
Out 3 …

You can count to as high a number as you wish.

Take note of anything that distracts you or causes you to lose count.

Then gently bring yourself back and start over at ‘1’ anytime you wish.