Joshua Foer, a journalist, while covering United States Memory Championship discovered certain principles to improve his memory power. He applied the same and won the contest next year. In this talk he explains in details his tricks improve your memory.
"We often talk about people with great memories as though it were some sort of an innate gift, but that is not the case. Great memories are learned. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we are deeply engaged. We remember when we are able to take a piece of information and experience, and figure out why it is meaningful to us, why it is significant, why it's colorful, when we're able to transform it in some way that makes sense in the light of all of the other things floating around in our minds, when we're able to transform Bakers into bakers."
"The memory palace, these memory techniques -- they're just shortcuts. In fact, they're not even really shortcuts. They work because they make you work. They force a kind of depth of processing, a kind of mindfulness, that most of us don't normally walk around exercising. But there actually are no shortcuts. This is how stuff is made memorable."
Can you apply these principles to improve your memory power?
Watch and learn!
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies false memories. She explains why people remember things that didn't happen. She also explains why people remember differently from what actually happens.
"Many people believe that memory works like a recording device. You just record the information, then you call it up and play it back when you want to answer questions or identify images. But decades of work in psychology has shown that this just isn't true. Our memories are constructive. They're reconstructive. Memory works a little bit more like a Wikipedia page: You can go in there and change it, but so can other people."
A very interesting talk on false memories!
Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu say explains how they have been watching different parts of brain to see how brains work for memory purpose. They explain why finding a memory in the brain is difficult.
XL says, "This is way more difficult than, let's say, finding a needle in a haystack, because at least, you know, the needle is still something you can physically put your fingers on. But memory is not. And also, there's way more cells in your brain than the number of straws in a typical haystack. So yeah, this task does seem to be daunting. But luckily, we got help from the brain itself. It turned out that all we need to do is basically to let the brain form a memory, and then the brain will tell us which cells are involved in that particular memory. "
Yet they edit content of memory with laser beam.
Can it improve your memory power too?
Still a question.
Yet interesting to watch!