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Mind Palace

One of my favorite shows introduced me to the concept of a “mind palace,” and after hearing the term just once, I was eager to find out more.

If you haven’t watched Sherlock on the BBC, I highly recommend it, and to not give away too many spoilers I’ll just say that one of the characters uses a mind palace to store information to recall later. (Seriously, go watch this show… there aren’t that many episodes so far, so you can get caught up very easily and are missing out if you haven’t watched it yet.)

On the show it’s all very dramatic, with the character being shown walking down a secret passageway or recalling events in such great detail that they can be described perfectly later, and while I’d like to think that’s how real “mind palaces” function, I think they are probably slightly less exciting.

Upon doing a little research on this memory technique, I learned the real name is “method of loci,” and the method of storing information away in specific locations in your brain is something I’d like to learn how to do successfully. I’ve always prided myself on having a good memory, but with mastery of “method of loci,” I think I’d be unstoppable. 🙂

A good friend (who always claims to have a terrible memory) recently shared that he has been practicing this method of memory storage, and has already noticed an improvement in his memory skills. Hearing this has encouraged me to try actively working on learning this skill, and I think it will pair well with another new skill I’ve been working on in my spare time (learning ASL).

The human brain is an amazing “machine,” so the fact that a few simple steps can be taken to maximize your memory or brain power just amazes me.

Have you ever tried to improve your memory with techniques like this?

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