Memory Technique For Images

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#1 12 September, 2017 - 15:28
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Memory Technique For Images

Hello All,

I'm doing the images training. I've looked far and wide for good strategies to remember series of images and see that other people on the platform are memorizing 30 images in less than 20seconds.

My current strategy is using the linking method to chain the images together like a story. However with similar images or difficult to connect (storyline wise) its costing me a lot more time. I think there is still room for improvement by practice, but my feeling tells me that there should be a better system for this.

I've read somewhere that more professional people are using a system based on textures, but i'm unable to find any details as to how this would work.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
- Keep working on linking method
- Some more information on how this 'texture' method would work
- Other successful systems that are being used for this

Thanks you for your time and my apologies for any bad use of language, as i'm not a native english speaker.

Kind regards,


12 September, 2017 - 19:13
Joined: 2 years 1 month ago

Greetings. I am far from the fastest, but I've done 30 images in around 18 seconds. I use a memory palace, and I put two images on each locus. I quickly make a little interaction between the two images. For example, if the first image is a rock and the second image is a man holding an umbrella, I'll imagine the rock crashing down into the umbrella. Nothing fancy or involved, just a quick interaction. Obviously, some interactions are easier to imagine than others, but it all gets better with practice. The last four images I just grab verbally to myself, e.g. "Rock, Baby, Dog, Clouds". Once the recall starts I quickly put those four into place so I can forget them and get back to putting the other 26 in the right order.

I have five memory palaces with 15 loci each that I use for practicing images, and I rotate through them. Just do it over and over again and you'll get better doing this.

12 September, 2017 - 22:27
Joined: 2 years 6 months ago

Simon's peg list system seems to work much faster than a linking method (though I don't know about memory palaces). It might be worth experimenting.

You create a list of pegs with actions -- one for each letter of the alphabet:

  1. A - axe (chopping)
  2. B - ball (bouncing)
  3. C - clingwrap (wrapping)
  4. D - digging
  5. E - eating
  6. etc.

That gives you 26 pegs. The last four images are held in memory and recalled first.

13 September, 2017 - 05:19
Joined: 3 years 5 months ago

The 'textures' system you've read about is probably not for Images in Memory League, but the Abstract Images discipline in WMSC competitions (which has now been replaced by Random Images in IAM competitions). That was a different discipline with sets of black and white random shapes with textures. Some competitors figured out that the software that produced the images only had a limited number of textures, so they created a system to memorize the textures and ignored the shapes.

13 September, 2017 - 10:23
Joined: 1 month 2 weeks ago

Thank you all for your valuable input!

16 September, 2017 - 06:27
Joined: 2 weeks 3 days ago

I was wondering if you are using the story or the link system? The story and link systems are conceptually separate.
You may be taking longer because the story system gets more difficult as the story gets longer because added items must continue the story; making some 'sense' with regard to continuity.
The link system does not get more difficult with added items because you only ever associate two items at a time: there is no continuity to maintain. (As pairs of items get associated, you need not worry about the previous association).

19 September, 2017 - 02:40
Joined: 10 months 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the enlightenment

19 September, 2017 - 07:13
Joined: 2 months 1 week ago

Very close to Simon's peg list system, I just recite 1-26 number pegs to do that task.
Referring Josh Cohen 's question

It might be worth experimenting.

I trained for about 2 months and now I can barely remember 25images in 30second.
Yet, I am improving ,I think

under 20seconds
seem to be happening in one more months.

19 September, 2017 - 07:15
Joined: 2 months 1 week ago

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