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#1 27 October, 2017 - 08:26
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New Member: 33, Jeff, Iowa, USA,


Combat Veteran Hospital Corpsman served with United States Marines in Iraq 2006-2007. Have two bachelor degrees’ one in Nursing other in Business. Registered Nurse, Originally from Texas.
I found out about memory techniques from Joshua Foer book Moonwalking with Einstein. I like how with proper training the brain is able to do anything.
Best memory feat: Still working on this.
What currently is your biggest challenge when it comes to getting the memory you want?
My biggest challenge is that Im more of a left sided brain person who lacks the training of the right side functions. I need to be more musical, rhythm, imaginative, daydreaming, colour, dimension.
My big goal I want to achieve is I want to build the foundations of memory techniques and practice them so I can utilize them to learn, and retain information in such a way I can practice as a FNP. I am just starting. So working on getting several memory palaces..

Why ArtofMemory? Why not…. It seems like a kick ass idea and the minds and strategy behind it have some experience and knowledge going into making it the best they can.

30 October, 2017 - 06:53
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Hi Freelancer, just thought I would acknowledge your post. I joined last week and a little bit surprised at the lack of activity on this board. Makes me wonder whether something has happened here that people have either stopped or ignore the board, or it could be that there simply aren't the number of people who want to make contact and discuss these amazing techniques.

I read Moonwalking With Einstein as well, I came to it from a different angle though - I sought out Josh's account of his winning the US Memory Championships because there is a reference to it in Daniel Kahneman' book "Thinking Fast and Slow".

I liked some of the ideas in Moonwalking with Einstein. Though personally I am not interested in competitive memory stuff like cards and binary numbers.... To me that's all a bit... bizarre use of memory and more a promotional idea, my interest in memory is for application of learning and teaching skills. (though obviously not how to get to the point or keep things short...)
The main idea in Josh's book that stuck with me was the vital importance and influence of Anders Ericsson and his team supporting Josh, by ingraining into him the importance of recording his progress and the trick sand tips they gave him to help him through the "OK plateau" phase of skill acquisition, that was, as you will recall, when Josh's times for card memorisation stopped improving. That chapter and that account was worth the price of the book.

So, you were in the military? I bet you have a few good memory palaces and landscapes to choose from! What do you use? Or are learning to use?

Right Brain HELP
As for your assertion that you are a 'left brain' person. That's good that you have a focus for improvement.

Here's something that just might help very quickly: That is if you are looking for a small improvement rather than a giant leap:

You have no doubt heard of an English guy who is mentioned all through Josh's book, the man's name is Tony Buzan. He's by no means my favourite author and he is rather contentious in some of his claims, that aside, but he does have ONE fabulous mnemonic for helping making images that I do use myself and have used in seminars about how to develop your memory (mostly to do with music mine are).

This will help with your right brain... it is called SMASHIN' SCOPE

Each letter stands for one possible aspects of an image you are trying to recall.
(let's hope I can remember. this is from memory) ...

S is for Senses, all them and we have many more than five - sight smell, touch, taste, body direction (when your flying for example in your mind), sexual attraction or repulsion, fear, joy... all are things we can 'feel' in the air... and imagine for each image we are producing.

M is movement, make your characters or symbols dynamic, their actions should be unique... slow, fast, big, and described as fully as possible in your left brain before making images in your right brain model of thinking.

A is for Association - Like associating, I dunno the number 42 with a Gravity Well Tunnel Train (yeah, any tunnel between two points on the earth if you dug a tunnel it would take 42 minutes to fall through the shortest route to the other side), so New York to Tokyo, 42 Minutes, London to Sydney (42 Minutes), anywhere in Iowa to near me in Scotland (42 minutes), Afghanistan to Disneyland (42 Minutes), so my character in one system I have for 42 is any character with the initials DB (4th and 2nd letters of the alphabet) David Bowie, Dan Brown, Drew Barrymore, David Beckham (usually the one I use), and the action is selling tickets for a Gravity Well Train for $42 for a 42 minute journey from Dusseldorf to Boston or any two places beginning with DB. Anything with DB is 42 to me now and any Gravity Train Journey.

Here's a well known poster from the web:
gravity_train_poster.jpg

I'll not go into all the details but the rest of the SMASHIN' SCOPE
Mnemonic to help create RIGHT BRAIN type images is:

S
M
A
S - All things Sexual, from a glimpse of stocking to dirty talking.
H - Humour - make 'em funny. Ha ha hah...Ho Ho Ho. Yuch yuch yuch...
I - Imagination (this one is a bit vague but what I take it as is in certain Memory Palaces I try to give a theme tot eh image - like make the whole scene "Steampunk" or "Asian" or "Yankee", you could use 'Military' in theme... uniforms, equipment that sort of thing
N - Number - this is a great hint. Number everything. Peg everything. Number and PEG everything and you will never lose your way... Every journey, every palace, every symbol, everything should be numbered. It becomes a habit. And a good one. For example, in my own memory palace of Smashin' Scope, "Number" is number 7 (the seventh street of a twelve-street journey) and that's marked by a number seven PEG (in my case a half open steampunk themed flick knife...which looks like a seven to me in my mind as Morgan Freeman carried a flick knife in the film Seven, he used to through it into a dartboard...). (PLEASE IGNORE THIS AS TOO MUCH INFORMATION IF YOU ARE NOT A MUSICIAN WHO READS MUSIC: There is a lot to be said for thinking not in base ten, but in base twelve - if like me you are a musician, and that's easy to do for those of us that understand feet and inches. For example: 42 inches is 3 feet 6... twelve inches equals one foot and so in music twelve semitones (or keys on a piano or frets on a guitar) is one octave. So just like 42 inches is three feet six inches in height or length, in music an interval of forty-two semitones is three octaves and six semitones - what is know as a Diminished Fifth - as I say too much information if you are not a musician... but numbers are important and counting them in twelves or tens or any other base should be considered an option if they make things easier to remember... and that's what we are doing...)

S - this stands for Symbol After a while symbols can replace everything you originally tried to remember... You use symbols all the time - these English letters are symbols which represent sounds which represent words. For memory purposes they are also good shortcuts. I use symbols all the time in reading and writing music, but symbols are everywhere, and all over hospitals - symbols are brilliant for concepts that are otherwise to difficult to visualise... Like a cross, skull and crossbones for toxic or poison, a fish, a lamb, a red heart, any icon... a green light... Anything can become in time a symbol.
C - Colour (or as you spell it 'color')... This is a great aid in navigation. Colour coding sections of a very large Memory Palace can really help. Seven colours of the rainbow in order (Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple and Pink, I stick black at the bottom below red and white above to give me nine colours and if I have to extend that I use Bronze Silver and Gold giving twelve.

O this stands for Order.... Like lining up books by height, or locations by number or symbols by colour - order just means to make sure they make sense so you can find a link between things. I do not particularly use this as a separate 'element' because all my journeys are pegged anyway, but it might be useful for others.

P According to Buzan this is "Positive" it is vitally important that no matter how you feel or what your inclinations are, deep down in our brains our brains like and remember nice things, good things, loving things, kind things, courteous things, helpful things, beautiful things... and our brains if you try to get them to remember scenes or images which are ugly, nasty, horrible, hateful, cruel, well experience shows your brain will not want to look at them - especially subconsciously (that is to say automatically without conscious thought). Buzan believes this very much, and I do too. I do not want to create memory images of things I'd rather not think about...after a while I'd want to forget them and that (from experience) is what has happened...

Lastly, "E" is for exaggerated. Make 'em bigger (my Memory Palaces have ENORMOUS images in them, like Giants, doing outrageous things (like NEO the One from the Matrix (my 01) jumping not between two small building but between skyscrapers, or an enormous and gorgeous female Dracula sinking her teeth into a white alabaster next and the reddest blood dripping out... of the darkest puncture holes...

The point of SMASHIN' SCOPE is just to give you (and me) a start to know how to create memorable images to visualise. It is very useful.

So, I've got imagine you (and your biography - an American, ex-Military, qualified in nursing, left-brainer who is interested in memory techniques enough to register on this almost BARREN forum - reading this reply to your post and you I hope will remember a Scottish Musician Interested in Memory Techniques who is practicing speed writing. Sorry if the post is too long.

31 October, 2017 - 15:58
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Thanks for sharing the imagery tips from Buzan and other info! I also had a laugh at your comments about the slowness of the forum at times... One tip is to make this your go-to page if you haven't already so that you see active posts from every corner of the forum. There are some days when hardly anyone posts, but generally there are a few, and I'm seeing more and more new members all the time. Some of course drop off the map after a while, and then others are regulars. Really though there are a lot of quality older posts on this forum too, I can spend a lot of time reading old posts which are highly educational.

2 November, 2017 - 14:12
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Cool to see former military here and a nurse at that too! I like the medical professionals who are around here as well, very cool that you are both!

Don't be too down on yourself for a left/right brain dilemma, most of that is just an adaptation not what actually goes on in your brain so some of this super useful advice above is all you need!

Here is an article on why that myth is "useful" and won't die easily.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-myths/201206/why-the-left-bra...

Keep it up!

12 November, 2017 - 20:39
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Thanks MM Scott of Glasgowans and jsnystromjgr for the warm welcome and tons of information. I started a new traveling nursing website and today I just did an exam and finished a long paper for a graduate course. I need to focus on everything from ground up to make life easier is how I view it. I love learning have more books and information I can ever break thru it would be great.

21 November, 2017 - 19:34
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I have actually never heard the difference between the right and left brain. A good book is called, Your Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it by Kenneth L. Higbee. That was the first memory book I read. It is much more instructional than Foers book although I think the two do complement each other very well. I can honestly say that the best instruction manual I have ever seen on how to use pretty much every mnemonic ever is Higbees book. Its a classic.

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