The Concept of “Brain Training”
On average, a Nationals Memory Champion spends an hour “working out” (brain training) every day. Think of it as a physical workout – but instead of going for a run or lifting weights, you are exercising your most important “muscle”, your brain.
Thirty minutes of a learned and established routine (no “okay what do I do now?”) will result in at least half of the success of the greatest memory champions of the United States, which is more than substantial.
So what I want to do is replicate the photographic memory routine onto paper, and explain why the workout is reputable, and how it is effective. In order to do this properly, we must first focus on the techniques that are a part of the workout, giving background and instruction of implementation.
Brain Training Techniques
- The first and possibly most important technique is the Memory Palace.
- The Pegging System.
- The Major System.
Without the Memory Palace foundation, the other techniques are far less effective. It is vastly important to focus your technique in the correct order, building one upon the other. This can be likened to a MMA fighter learning the basic positions (the guard, side mount, full mount, etc.) before memorizing submissions. You have to walk before you run. The nice thing about mnemonics is that walking looks like running to people still stuck in the crawling phase (that’s just about everyone by the way). In an age where a photographic memory is esteemed but mnemonic principles are unknown or ignored, these techniques are a gold mine of information. The Memory Palace is used by virtually every memory professional, often tweaked a bit by personal preference. To learn more about this technique refer to the article “The Memory Palace”.
Once we have finished with our overview of these techniques, we will delve into tactics – the specific workouts tailored to quickly and efficiently convert the brain from the average “thumb drive” memory capability, to an eidetic bio-machine, equipped with the fully functional photographic memory.