How Do You Track Your Progress? (Memory tests?)

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#1 28 February, 2016 - 08:54
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How Do You Track Your Progress? (Memory tests?)

Hey everyone,

I've created a basic outline of how I'm going to improve my memory over the next year. I have a general sketch of what the next 5 years of memory improvement will look like.

I'm beginning with physical training, change of diet, and meditation before proceeding to memory techniques. I want to see how far I can come without specific techniques.

I thought it would be worthwhile to test my memory now and then again every few months to see what my progress looks like. Problem is that I'm not sure what kind of tests are best for something like this.

Would anyone have some suggestions for memory tests I can take at regular intervals to track my progress? I'm interested mostly in the ways that these changes in lifestyle can impact working memory, though testing all kinds of memory would definitely interest me.

Any advice? Thanks!

28 February, 2016 - 12:20
Joined: 2 years 10 months ago

None of the items listed are required to begin memory techniques and probably won't help a bit.
Mnemonics are skill based. Even memory span tests are best gamed through practice.

If you want a skill free baseline a lot of the "brain training" sites can give you that but they tend to be bafflegab.... i.e... The science behind them is very thin. This is not to say that long term practice at specific techniques do not improve your results at those specific techniques but it has been shown in almost all studies of repute that these skills do not generalize.

Memory techniques can be applied to many areas and work well but they are not highly correlated with health, physical fitness, or even intelligence. I would guess that there is a power curve that could be mapped to effort, duration and quality of study but don't think anyone has ever bothered trying to quantify beyond the early parlour tricks results level as it is a fringe pursuit and our wive's are generally not terribly impressed and use highly technical terms such as rainman or wingnut to describe this hobby.

28 February, 2016 - 12:24
Joined: 2 years 10 months ago

... oops answer the question... mindgym, memoriad, this wiki, memocamp

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