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By learning this system and practicing daily, it is possible to replace and interpret the coded number translations to effectively remember a series of unrelated numbers. This system is not for everybody. If you decide the system is worth learning, it is best to begin by selecting a few numbers you want to remember such as your social security number, or some selected telephone numbers. The exercise on the facing page will allow you to experiment. To practice the memory device explained on page...

The Two Hemispheres Together

The two hemispheres can operate in a complementary or conflicting manner. Analytic and holistic modes are complimentary when each provides a dimension that the other lacks. The two modes can be in conflict when there is some mutual antagonism between them, such as the tendency of the left hemisphere to note details in a form suitable for expression. Creativity occurs when there is a smooth integration between both hemispheres of the brain. It is important to help the development of both modes...

Remembering Numbers

Most of us have jobs which make liberal use of numbers. In a given day there are dozens of opportunities to work with numbers. Often, our productivity would increase if we improved our ability to store and retrieve information such as phone numbers, prices, product code numbers, sales figures, computer codes, zip codes, dates, budget information and so forth. As with other skills, some of us are better at recalling numbers than others. With practice however, we can all improve our current skill...

2 Selection

By choosing the most significant points about an issue, there is no need to remember everything in detail. Select what you want to remember and it will be possible to recall it a month, a year, or even five years from now. Next time you're in a situation at work where you are overwhelmed by information, pay attention to this principle of selection A. Select only the information you think is most important. B. Take notes on this information. C. Ask others to review what you selected as most...

Memory Improvement Principles

Interest It is much easier to remember things that interest you. 2. Selection Choose significant points and concentrate on them. 3. Attention Pay attention to what you want to remember. 4. Understanding The better you understand new information, the easier it will be to remember it. 5. Intention to Remember We can force ourselves to remember. The more we intend to remember, the easier our recall will be. 6. Confidence Positive Mental Set Visualize yourself remembering and it will happen. 7. Ego...

5 Intention To Remember

We are more likely to recall something when we intend to remember it. When this happens, it increases our original awareness. It helps when we concentrate and observe with the purpose of remembering information for a long period of time. The next time you are reading a report, read with a purpose. Note the most important point covered in each paragraph. Play a game with yourself. In each remembering situation consciously keep track of how many things you remember. By doing this over a period of...

Your Memory Pegs

It should not take long to remember your objects in the sequence you developed them. Most people after taking the imaginary walk three to five times, find they can remember their objects in sequence. Once you have committed your 20 objects to memory reinforce them until they are etched in your long term memory bank. Once this has been done you can use them whenever you like. This memorization should be similar to other mental frameworks you have developed such as, the multiplication table or...

List Of Objects

Although by no means exhaustive, following is a list of items shown in the picture on page 20. Check these against the list you made and then review the picture for others you may have spotted. 8. A cash register behind the bar 9. A large glass mirror behind the bar 11. Several different size bottles behind the bar 13. A bar tender in an apron behind the bar 14. A person in street clothes behind the bar 17. Two wine glasses on the bar 18. Two regular glasses on the bar 19. A black man in a...

1 Interest

It is much easier to remember things that are of interest. Interest helps you store and process information in such a way that you will remember it for a long time. This principle is extremely important. For instance, take a moment to think about something that you are genuinely interested in (i.e. sports, music, cars, gardening, another person, etc.). As you think about your interest, it will be easy to have a rush of information flooding your memory. You should be able to talk at length about...

3 Attention

Fay attention to what you want to remember. Attending to one thing at a time will help you clarify the task or event. Inattention due to lack of interest or poor concentration will impede your memory. Often people have a problem with attention because of stress or tension. Stress causes your mind to wander and not focus on what you need to remember. This is not uncommon when a student is preparing for a final exam and is overwhelmed by the task. If you find your mind wandering because you feel...

Memory Exercises

Following are a few memory exercises you can do on a daily basis that can assist you in improving your memory. Doing them can be enjoyable so have fun The secret is to practice them regularly because practice makes permanent. 1. While passing slowly through the same room, glance around attentively. Then in another room, try to recall as many objects you noted as possible. Put your entire energy into this exercise. Repeat every day for a week, and keep a record of the results. At the end of a...

Etem

Did you observe that each item represented or contained a word Item 1 was easy. Most of you probably recognized the word triangular. What about item 2 Did you observe the word squares Or, most difficult of all, find the word hidden in the midst of the letters in item 3 To improve your memory, it is critical that you develop your ability to observe. Most often we neglect to practice the habit of careful observation. When we don't keenly observe an event, our memory...

Ten Rules For Success

To improve your memory ability apply the following ten rules. If it helps, take this page of the book to your desk (or refrigerator) any place you can review it often. 1. Make it a point to increase your original awareness by using your powers of observation and focus. 2. Concentrate on one thing at a time. 3. Visualize what you want to remember by forming pictures in your mind's eye. Concentrate on detail and see things in vivid color. 4. Build your self-confidence by re-reading pages 11 and...

To The Reader

How often have you wished that you were better able to remember details or experiences and then apply these memories to the task at hand When you are able to recall pertinent knowledge to solve a problem, come up with a new idea or answer a complex question, you are skillfully applying your memory. Our mind is a vast reservoir of integrated holigraphic systems composed of over 10 billion nerve cells. Scientists have scarcely tapped the surface of understanding how the human mind works. Although...

9 Background Of Experience

It is important to have background experience or knowledge to help form associations. It can be difficult to understand anything that stands alone. Isolated events have limited meaning. One way to improve your memory about a subject is to learn more about the background of that subject. For example, the limited background you have received thus far from reading this book has improved your knowledge about how the memory works and your ability to form associations. For example, list five things...

Substitution Exercise

To develop substitution as a memory skill see if you can use it to remember the general principles for Memory Improvement mentioned earlier in this book (interest, selection, attention, understanding, intuition, confidence, ego, association, background, organization and practice.) Each principle is an abstract word and or concept. Unless you developed a substitution mnemonic device you would probably try to remember these principles using a rote memory system. Rote systems are probably those...

Musical Instruments

Whenever you deal with several items, you can make it easier by dividing them into groups. Such a division should not be done randomly. You need to insure that items in each group compliment each other and are different from items in the other groups. Since things relate to each other in different ways, it is possible to classify them in many categories. If you think for instance, of the population of a nation, it can be classified in all the following ways according to states, provinces,...

7 Ego Involvement

Much of what we experience falls in one of two categories things that please us (or we agree with) or things that displease us (or we disagree with). We seem to learn best when material reinforces our strengths, opinions or beliefs. Negative ego involvement car have serious consequences on how much is remembered. When someone discusses something that is displeasing to us, we often filter out what is displeasing and only partially hear (and remember) what was said. This happens during meetings...

The Right Hemisphere

The right hemisphere is a holistic, gestalt mode and handles spatial relations. The right hemisphere is intuitive and deals in thinking It grasps the relations between the parts directly rather than by a sequence of deductions. It is primarily concerned with our simultaneous comprehension. The right side of our brain is very good at perceiving and expressing novel complex visual, spatial and musical patterns. It is able to synthesize all this information into an understandable whole. A person...

The Left Hemisphere

The left hemisphere is the logical mode. It controls analytic thought and verbal responses. The left side of the brain deals with information in a linear, logical way which operates in a piecemeal, step-by-step process. It is specialized for spoken language, reading and writing. This verbal-analytic style is extremely efficient for dealing with the object world. Because the left hemisphere proceeds in a logical, sequential mode, it cannot skip over gaps. Spoken words are individually analyzed...

Mental Image Exercise

Record the clarity of each item using one of the following categories If your image is Extremely Clear rate it 4 If your image is Clear rate it 3 If your image is Fairly Clear rate it 2 If your image is Unclear rate it 1 If your image is Very Unclear rate it 0 If you choose to read the list yourself, after you read the item, either look away or close your eyes to picture it in your mind. Give yourself about 30 seconds per item, then rate how clearly you were able to image the item. Complete all...

The History Of Memory Systems

Memory systems have been around for all of recorded history. Greek and Roman orators delivered lengthy speeches with unfailing accuracy. They learned these speeches, thought by thought, by applying a memory system technique of association and imagery. Simonides 500 B.C. is regarded as father of the art of trained memory. He saw memory training as an essential part of an orator's equipment. Scraps of parchment dating back a thousand years before Simonides make mention of the importance of a...

Remembering Names

It is good business to remember a person's name. Countless careers have been helped because an individual developed the ability to recall another person's name at a critical time. A name is one of the most prized possessions a person has. A sense of worth is normally felt when another person has remembered your name, especially if that person was recently introduced to you for the first time. Because our identity is lied to our name, it is a compliment to have a person remember it. Some...

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Fact Stacking Thinking Errors

This book is for people who want to better remember information in a variety of situations, especially work. In every work day, we are presented with hundreds of opportunities to remember. Whether attending meetings, following directions and instructions, participating in training or other learning situations, involved in project discussions or talking one-on-one with our boss, customer or colleague, good memory skills enhance our professional image and increase productivity. Improved memory...