Some Pegs for Emergencies

The memory is always present; ready and anxious to help—if only we would ask it to do so more often.

—Roger Broille many times when I've been challenged to prove that anyone can remember by using something similar to the Peg system—I would use a method which taught the skeptic to memorize ten miscellaneous objects forwards and backwards, and in and out of order, in about five minutes. What I did was to put ten small items, in a row, on a table; items like a ring, a watch, a cigarette, a match book, a comb, etc. I then told the person that these ten objects were to represent the numbers from one to ten.

Now I taught him to associate the item I called to the object on the table which represented the number called. In other words, if I called "typewriter" as #7, and the seventh item on the table was the ring; he would associate "typewriter" to ring. Later on, when I asked if he remembered #7, he would count to the seventh object, the ring, which would remind him of the typewriter.

This usually convinced the skeptic that he could remember better than he thought he could, but he always wanted to know if he'd have to carry those ten items with him. Of course, if he memorized those ten things he would have

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