I mentioned yesterday that I have been hard at work on a video about using Excel files as part of the Magnetic Memorization process for memorizing foreign language vocabulary using Memory Palaces.
To be honest, there have been some setbacks, mostly due to my learning curve with using video-editing technologies. So until I can weed out some of the kinks in the video, let me tell you about the dangers of Magnetic Memorization Kryptonite.
It’s true, dear Memorizers, that stuff is out there, lurking around every corner.
Here are some of the things that impede memory on a biological level:
1. Diet. Research suggests that too many carbs can really bog the brain down. They also say that tofu messes with the mind if taken excessively. It’s hard to imagine eating too much of the stuff, but apparently it has been linked with dementia.
2. Smoking. Of course, it is in the nature of an addiction that one never forgets to satisfy the cravings, but demonstrable research exists that shows a connection between nicotine consumption and depleted memory.
3. Pain, especially chronic pain. This point leads us back to yesterday’s reference to Harry Lorayne, who said that we often don’t remember things because we didn’t adequately pay attention to them in the first place. Suffering is bound to reduce one’s focus and create distraction from memorization.
4. Thyroid disorders. Memory regulating hormones go way down if you experience issues with your thyroid. It’s best to keep on top of this kind of issue anyway, but especially for the purposes of hanging on to all those precious memories, but in the recent past and the far.
5. Sleep. Even the slightest bit of exhaustion can reduce recall. It also interferes with the kind of conceptualization we use to build and populate our Memory Palaces using the Magnetic Memory Method.
There are more forms of Magnetic Memorization Kryptonite lurking around, so let me know if you think of any and I’ll talk about them in a future issue.
Until then, watch out for this nasty stuff and make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better – and more memorable – place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.
About the author: Anthony Metivier is 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.
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