Ancient Orators Built Memory Palaces

Ancient Orators Built Memory Palaces

The memory palace or mind palace technique is also called the method of loci. It seems to work because the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory, is also responsible for spatial reasoning. Many modern "memory masters" use this method as well, including Clemens Mayer, who once memorized 1,040 random digits in half an hour by visualizing a trip through his house.

Constructing a Memory Palace - Epic Science #27

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The memory palace technique works well when you visualize a familiar space, such as your home. (0:43)

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    The brain remembers wacky or weird images more easily. (0:55)

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    People who can perform extraordinary feats of memory tend to rely on spatial memory more than the average person. (2:32)

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