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The Memory Palace

Learn Anything and Everything (Starting with Shakespeare and Dickens)

By Lewis Smile
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The Memory Palace by Lewis Smile

The Memory Palace (2012) is a step-by-step guide to using your spatial memory to help you remember absolutely anything. It teaches you how to build a palace of memories that will give you the power to recall everything you read, and even to memorize the names of every Shakespeare play in just 15 minutes.

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Your memory is like a muscle: you can strengthen it through training.

Do you often have trouble remembering where you put your keys? Or maybe you’re all too familiar with finding yourself wandering the aisles of a supermarket confused because you forgot your shopping list? Chances are you’ve found yourself in these situations as they are typical results of having an untrained memory. But don’t worry, with a bit of exercise we can get our memory back in shape.

Think of your memory as a hidden muscle. Like other muscles, it can deteriorate if neglected. Perhaps you think that only the smartest and brightest have the ability to retain knowledge and recall facts. But the truth of the matter is that the potential muscle power of memory is strong in all of us. With some simple training and exercise you too can unlock this potential and be the next superstar of trivia night.

So what kind of training can you do to drastically improve your memory?

Start by using a simple technique that can turn anyone into a world champion of memorization in no time at all. The most effective tool for remembering information like names and dates is to connect them to an image or place. This technique takes advantage of our spatial memory, and the crazier the image the better it works.

For example, say you need help remembering the names of the early plays of William Shakespeare. Well, just imagine the unforgettable image of a three-headed Richard Nixon standing on a chair claiming to be Richard III. By tapping into the potential of spatial memory and linking a three-headed Richard Nixon with Richard III, you’ll never forget the name of that play again.

Sounds simple enough, right? But what makes these memory techniques so effective?

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