how not to forget loci or mix up their contents

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#1 1 June, 2017 - 16:31
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how not to forget loci or mix up their contents


hi!
I'm new to memory palaces and I have a couple of dubts:

1) if I use a memory palace to remember a list of words, how can I be sure not to forget any of the loci themselves? If this happens wouldn't I end up learning an incomplete list of word without being aware of it? How to prevent that from happening? Do I need a written list of the words to double check if I recall all fo them? Or a list of the loci in order to rewiew the path itself and all the loci from time to time?

2) what if I remember all the loci but I mix up some of them? If I need to remember the chemical table of elements and I put hydrogen on my bed and elium on my desk but then I go to review my list after a few days, then after a week and finally after a month and this last time I recall wrongly the elium on my bed and the hydrogen on my desk? (obviously this won't happen with this simple case but it's just an example. what with huge lists like chinese characters?

2 June, 2017 - 00:40
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1. Practive your memory palace when making it. It helps to get structure in it. 5 loci per room for example, or 10 if you feel creative. You can then move that on to the first loci being in the center of the room, then clockwise through the four corners. If it is a palace based on your home or so, you most likely won't forget any loci.

2. having your image interact with your loci prevents that. Usually the images don't go wandering off to other loci. Hydrogen to me would have the image of the Hindenburg, so I see the airship coming down, grabing the bed and flying off, or maybe just crash on top of my bed. With Elium I think you mean Helium, which is a balloon to me. It is at my desk so I see a balloon tied to my dest and lifting it up a bit in the air.

13 June, 2017 - 11:43
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There's a list things which you should focus on to help an image stick to memory.

It goes kind of like this :

- where is it, how does it interact with the surroundings?
- what does it do?
- What does it make you feel?
- How does it affect your senses? (Focus on all of them if possible, or the one that stands out, for instance if it stinks a lot)

Now, that's just what I have from the top of my head and is partially bullshit,
But if you try it you'll get a good idea of what to and not to do.

And I'm sure you could find what I'm talking about if you search the forums or the wiki a little.

16 July, 2017 - 00:32
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Like Mayarra says, you need a system and practice. My system includes listing the stations in Excel first, then the words to memorise, then I memorise them.

When I create a memory palace I make sure there is lots of space between each station. This gives contrast and prevents getting jumbled with other stations. Also, I tend to follow a logical order around the location - like always going clockwise around a room or building. Anthony Metivier says that the trail shouldn't cross itself or make impossible leaps - like through walls. I think this is good advice.

Getting the images to stick to the location is a matter of practice and learning how to make images that your mind remembers. The more connections you make with each station, the more likely the image will stick.

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