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Derren Brown's book, 'Tricks of the Mind', has an interesting section on memory:

http://www.amazon.com/Tricks-Mind-Derren-Brown/dp/1905026358...

He discusses the 'loci system', 'memory palaces', and 'peg system':

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemonic_peg_system

I haven't tried them out myself yet.




It takes a lot of practice to really get the hang of these systems. Is anybody here a regular user of any systematic memory technique?

I know the Major Method but only used it once or twice. The encoding step is by far the largest bottleneck; I intend to write an application to assist learning the MM, but I'm occupied with another related application atm :-)

Here's a very simple method I use to make sure I leave the house with everything I need: I have a special number (say, 4), and when I go out my belongings need to add up to that. That would be keys, wallet, camera, phone. If I have other things I adjust my number accordingly. Maybe it's overly simple, but I'm pretty sure some people forget their phones once in a while.


for the Major Method, there is an application helping with the encoding step:

http://www.phoneticmnemonic.com/

(it works quite good, but only on short numbers up to 3 digits, so you have to split longer numbers 'manually', which isn't so bad IMO). It's also available as a FF extension (didn't test it myself).




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