Most of the great natural memorizers blended their senses and
the following elements when they memorized:
3. Sense of smell
6. Kinesthesia (awareness of bodily position).
So the more that you involve your senses, the greater your ability
recall the information that you have learnt.
Ask yourself which of the two situations are you likely to
most? First of all consider an oak tree in a forest of oak trees.
consider the same oak tree swaying violently while the trees
around it are
seemingly unaffected by whatever is causing the movement. The
the mind more possibilities for it to 'link in' and thus remember.
Association is one of the keys to a good memory. If you leave your
in a cloakroom at a theatre, you will be given a ticket. When you
you expect to exchange the ticket that you were given for your
is because the ticket you had was associated with the peg that
coat. The same works with your memory. You will have a series of
your mind (to be covered next month) which you associate with what
want to remember and when you recall, you go to that peg and the
association will prompt the information stored.
Have fun with your memory and make all of your images funny,
ridiculous. If you watch pedestrians walking past a lamp post in a
street nothing really stands out until someone does not watch
are going and……….
Einstein (see the section on The great Minds) said "Imagination is
important than knowledge". Your imagination is vital to a good
the more you use it the better your memory will be.
6. Number As Tony Buzan says, "Numbering adds specificity and
to the principle of order and sequence".
A picture speaks a thousand words and so a more meaningful image
represents something boring or abstract will aid the memory
If we introduce the facilities of both sides of the brain into our
techniques our overall performance improves - Color is a feature
workings of the right side of the brain. Also the more colorful
image, the easier it is to remember.
9. Order and/or sequence
By adding order and/or sequence it is easier for the brain to
access any piece of the information learned.
10. Positive Images
The more positive and pleasant your mnemonic images are, the more
your brain will want to return to them.
Exaggeration of size, shape and sound will enhance the image. If
a 10 foot high mouse wandering around your home town, I am sure
would remember it!
So if you apply all of the elements above to your mnemonic
your are on your way to developing a good memory. All that you
need now is
a mnemonic technique to apply these principles to. I will cover
technique next month.
About the Author
Michael Tipper is an entertaining speaker specializing in
business and educational application of Mind Mapping®, Speed
Memory Skills, Accelerated Learning and Creative Thought.
www.michaeltipper.com – Michael’s home page