Comments on: Develop Perfect Memory With the Memory Palace Technique Exploring ways to use our minds efficiently. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:19:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Colin Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:21:19 +0000 Hi,
I had to have a liver transplant a while ago and all the time I was ill my normally good memory failed me.
However, since using the Memory Palace technique my memory is better than it has ever been.

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By: Kris Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:47:23 +0000 I am actually attempting to do something similar for a class right now. I am in anatomy and physiology. The one thing I realized is that you need a place that has a lot of nooks and crannies that you can peg stuff into. It is also helpful for me to go in a certain order, at least initially. What I did is take a restaurant that I worked at for 3 years. Still working on it, but seems to be going ok so far. All the tables are numbered, so 1-2 tables can hold a lot of information. there are chairs, silverware rollups, salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl, and plates at each table. There are quite a few tables, plus there is the kitchen and prep area, storage, dish area, and manager’s office. It’s big enough and has plenty of places for me to put things and group them, that it would be possible to add to it later as long as I keep going over what I’ve already learned. If you haven’t worked at a restaurant think of another place that is big enough that you could do something similar. Hope this helps.

By: Ak Harith Sun, 19 Jun 2011 05:46:10 +0000 Wow! I can’t wait to use this kind of memory. I’ve read it and very interested in using this to remember important things. Thanks!

By: Luciano Passuello Thu, 12 May 2011 18:41:55 +0000 Hey Rick,

I’m not sure I ever took the time to thank you for all your great comments in this thread.
Thanks man, your ideas and insights really add a lot to the conversation (in my opinion, the comments are much more valuable than the article itself at this point!). 🙂

By: Rick Wed, 11 May 2011 20:05:19 +0000 Actually, he asked 2 questions but thought they MUST have only one answer.

Question 1: “If we have a memory palace, for example our house. Can we only use the one memory palace for one lot of things we’re trying to remember?”

The answer to this is yes. One palace can accommodate many things and confusion is avoided if you’re careful about where you place each image.

Question 2: “Wouldn’t it be confusing if we used the same memory palace for everything we tried to remember?”

Well, yes and no. It’s quite possible to use the same palace over and over if you’re not trying to store information in your long-term memory. Your home is physical. You can’t physically “add” rooms/space to it ONLY in order to accommodate memory places. If you’re simply trying to remember things for the short term, then you can always “erase” your images and use the places for the new memory project.

But if you’re doing long-term memory projects, the infinite number of images you come up with over time WILL eventually conflict with the finite number of places in your home. Why bother to confine yourself to only one home? Surely you can think of other homes you’re familiar with. How about the homes of grandparents, cousins, friends?

Why bother to use ONLY homes? How about schools you’ve been in? Offices you’ve worked in? The offices of friends/family you’ve visited? Have you never been to a museum more than once? How about all those stores you’ve ever been in that you remember well? How about restaurants you’ve been in hundreds of times? Fast-food joints you’re familiar with? How about an amusement park you’ve been to a lot?

Look back over your life and I’m sure you’ll be able to find quite a few memory palaces.

By: Rick Tue, 10 May 2011 14:02:40 +0000 a. The amount of information YOU can successfully pin to one locus depends on YOU. Some people can do a lot, some can’t. The ONLY way to find out is to TRY it. See what works for YOU.

b. You think the information would be clearer in your head if you added more memory pegs? Well then, why not TRY it and see if it works? You’re looking for something that cannot be predicted. It must be attempted. You must experiment. Just as you’ll always find someone who swears you don’t need more pegs, you’ll also find someone who swears you WILL need more pegs. Why should you care what they think? They can’t get inside YOUR head. What works for them might not work for you. What doesn’t work for them might work for you. Experiment, experiment, experiment.

c. Nobody knows at what stage the memory becomes permanent. Just as nobody knows how many times you have to reinforce the information for it to settle into long-term memory. We’re all different. Some things will stick with you, others won’t. Some things need occasional (not daily) reinforcement, others don’t. And it’s no use trying to figure out in advance what’s going to require occasional reinforcement, since we’re all different.

Don’t try to figure out in advance what only experience can teach you.

By: Rick Tue, 10 May 2011 13:46:46 +0000 You should scroll up and see what other people have said.

There is NO RULE about how much information to put in one palace before you create another. It’s YOUR choice. Everyone is different. One memory palace can, if done properly, contain all the information you gather in your life. This is the way SOME people do it. Other people create several palaces. It’s just a matter of what works for YOU. When you’ve spent the time mastering the techniques, you’ll find that all the things in the palace do NOT get mixed up with each other. If you’ve stored your information CORRECTLY, they’ll stay separated. If you want to know HOW to store the information correctly, read Lorayne or O’Brien or any of the others. The best thing to do is try several techniques and see which one you feel most comfortable with. You may start off using the phonetic alphabet to memorize numbers. Then you do some research and now you decide to use the Dominic System.

You may meet people who would NEVER put more than one list in a memory palace. Later on, you’ll meet someone who has 100 lists in a single memory palace. Which technique do you use? The one that works for YOU.

By: Jessie Tue, 10 May 2011 01:25:47 +0000 Fantastic article! I’ve looked into memory techniques in the past (mainly the link, peg and substitute word systems.) Recently I’ve looked into loci and memory palaces. However, I have a question. If you’re using your memory palace to remember INFORMATION as opposed to lists, then how much information should you pin to each loci?

Today I memorized ten pages of mind maps using about eleven memory pegs in a room of my palace. Therefore, this involved pegging quite a lot of information onto each peg and then linking info in a chain. I remembered pretty much 100% of the information – so it must work! My only concern is I often felt the info getting a bit tangled up as my chains became longer and longer. They weren’t as clear as I’d hoped. I liked having fewer memory pegs, because it enabled me to have the sub-sections almost entirely together. OTOH, it seems like the information might be clearer in my head if I added more memory pegs. What is your opinion on this?

My second question is – at what stage will the information be stored in my head “forever?” Is it likely that after repeating the journey a certain number of times (say, 100+) the information will eventually just stay there (regardless of whether or not I review it.) Or will I have to review it forever in order to remember?

By: Wil Mon, 09 May 2011 18:15:49 +0000 hello, how do you memorize let say 20 lists of 10 elements, do you put them all in your 1 palace, but do the lists start to mix with each other? or do you use a new palace per list?
Basically I’m trying to understand if ahving many things to remember in one palace start to mix the different list or not?