Person-Action System

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A person-action system is a method for placing mnemonic images numbers and cards in a memory palace. Person-action systems are most commonly used with the Dominic System.

Each number or card to be memorized is given a fixed mnemonic image of a person and an action. Here are some examples based on the Dominic System:

Number Person Action
15 Albert Einstein Writing on a blackboard
16 Arnold Schwarzenegger Lifting weights
45 Dwight Eisenhower Riding in a jeep
54 Emily Dickenson Writing a poem

When encountering a long number, like 15164554, it would be broken into chunks of four: 1516 4554, and then again into chunks of two: 15-16 45-54. Each set of four digits would then be converted into a person and an action:

  • The person for 15 is "Albert Einstein"
  • The action for 16 is "lifting weights"

The resulting compound image for the number 1516 would be Albert Einstein lifting weights.

Another example:

  • The person for 45 is "Dwight Eisenhower"
  • The action for 54 is "writing a poem"

In that case, the compound image for 4554 would be Dwight Eisenhower writing a poem.

If the numbers were switched, 5445, then it would be Emily Dickenson riding in a jeep.

1654 would be Arnold Schwarzenegger writing a poem.

In this way, a set of 100 persons and actions can make 10,000 unique compound images from 0000 to 9999.

When memorizing long numbers, the compound images are typically placed in a memory palace using the Method of Loci.

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