Have a Memory Like a USA Memory Champion

You may think it takes a gifted genius to have a memory like a USA Memory Champion. Winners of this award agree that the mind is trainable.

Nelson Dellis, the winner of this year’s USA Memory Championship (and the 2011 contest winner as well) says he doesn’t naturally have a good memory. It’s all tricks which he has learned and taught himself.

Have a Memory Like a USA Memory Champion

Cristian Salazar at the Huffington Post tells us a little more about the event and how Dellis trained for it.

It was the second year in a row that Dellis won the USA Memory Championship, which was held in Manhattan. He also broke a record for memorizing 303 random numbers in five minutes, besting the previous record of 248 numbers in five minutes, which he himself set last year.

“It’s all tricks,” Dellis explained of his win. “I don’t have a good memory naturally. It’s something I learned and taught myself.”

Among the tricks he relies on is an ancient method he refers to as the “journey method,” where he visualizes memorized objects as he moves mentally through a place he knows well. To recall the information, he mentally walks back through the journey.

Read the entire article here.

have a memory like a USA Memory Champion

have a memory like a USA Memory Champion

In memory improvement circles, the journey method is also known as the method of loci. Think of your kitchen, your living room, or your office, for example. Attach a piece of information you want to remember to each item you see as you imagine yourself walking into that room and looking around. Then you mentally go back to the beginning and see how much you’ve remembered.

Give it a try. Even if you don’t win a memory competition, you can still have a memory like a USA Memory Champion. We’d love to hear about your favorite memory technique. Please share it in the comment section.

 

 

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