memory improvementA better memory is a goal that we all would like to achieve. Outlined here are some tips on using mnemonics to improve your memory capabilities and better memory in general.

In many studies it has been shown that there are three fundamental principles underlying the use of mnemonics. They are imagination, association and location.

These three principals can be combined and used to generate powerful mnemonic systems.

After you have absorbed and applied these techniques you will understand how to design and apply these principles to your own field to design your own powerful, sophisticated recall systems.

Lets begin with  a short review of the three principals involved.

Association is the method by which you link a thing to be remembered to a method of remembering it.

You can you use association by doing the following: tie or link the thing you want to be remembered to an object you are familiar with. You can place it on top of the associated object or think of them as penetrating into each other, merging together, wrapping around each other, rotating around each other or dancing together.You can also see them as being attached to the same color, smell, shape, or feeling.

Association techniques can vary, but they use the same principals. You should  use what you know works best for you. the technique will be more successful if you implant your own associations rather than adopting a foreign system.

The use of imagination in improving your memory is important in creating the links and associations needed to create an effective memory improvement technique. Imagination is the way you use your mind to create the links that have the most meaning for you.

The more strongly you imagine and visualize a situation, the more effectively it will stick in your mind for later recall. Mnemonic imagination can be as violent, vivid, or sensual as you like, as long as it helps you to remember what needs to be remembered.

The third principal I want to share is  location.

Location provides you with two things. First is a coherent context, which means that you have a frame of reference into which information can be placed so that it hangs together and allows you to  separate one mnemonic from another. For example, by setting one mnemonic in one bus seat, I can separate it from a similar mnemonic located in the back of the same bus.

Location spices up your memory and provides context and texture to your mnemonics, and protects and prevents them from being confused with similar mnemonics.
Setting one mnemonic with visualizations in the stadium in Chicago and another similar mnemonic with images of a stadium in New York allows us to separate them with no danger of confusion.

Try using the three fundamentals of Association, Imagination and Location to design images for the things you want to imprint in your memory with  links between themselves and other things, in a context that allows you to recall those images in a way that does not conflict with other images and associations. With some practice you will find it gets easier to come up with images and associations and over time your memory capacity will be noticeably enhanced.

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