Contents

1 Is Your Memory Perfect 11 2 Testing Your Current Memory Capabilities 17 3 The History of Memory 31 4 The Secret Principles Underlying a Superpower Memory 39 6 The Number-Shape System 47 7 The Number-Rhyme System 55 8 The Roman Room System 62 10 How to Increase by 100 Per Cent Everything 13 Long Number Memory System 108 14 Telephone Number Memory System 112 15 Memory System for Schedules and Appointments 116 16 Memory System for Dates in Our Century 119 17 Memory System for Important...

8 The Roman Room System

The Romans were great inventors and practitioners of mnemonic techniques, one of their most popular being the Roman Room. The Romans constructed such a system easily. They imagined the entrance to their house and their room and then filled the room with as many objects and items of furniture as they chose - each object and piece of furniture serving as a link-image onto which they attached the things they wished to remember. The Romans were particularly careful not to make a mental rubbish dump...

3 The History of Memory

From the time when man first began to depend on his mind for coping with his environment, the possession of an excellent memory has been a step to positions of command and respect. Throughout human history there have been recorded remarkable - sometimes legendary - feats of memory. It is difficult to say exactly when and where the first integrated ideas on memory arose. The first sophisticated concepts, however, can be attributed to the Greeks, some 600 years before the birth of Christ. As we...

5 The Link System

In this chapter you will see for yourself that your memory can improve, and that by improving it, your imaginative powers and your creativity will also be released. The Link System is the most basic of all the memory systems and will give you a foundation with which to make learning the most advanced systems extremely easy. This basic system is used for memorising short lists of items, such as shopping lists, in which each item is linked to or associated with the next. While using this system,...

1 Is Your Memory Perfect

This statement is made despite the following counterarguments 1 Most people remember fewer than 10 per cent of the names of those whom they meet. 2 Most people forget more than 99 per cent of the phone numbers given to them. 3 Memory is supposed to decline rapidly with age. 4 Many people drink, and alcohol is reputed to destroy 1000 brain cells per drink. 5 Internationally, across races, cultures, ages and education levels, there is a common experience, and fear of,...

11 The Major System

The Major System is the ultimate Memory System. It has been used and continually improved upon for more than 300 years, since the middle of the seventeenth century, when it was introduced by Stanislaus Mink von Wennsshein. Von Wennsshein's basic construction was modified in the early eighteenth century by Dr Richard Grey, an Englishman. The Major System was devised to enable the master memorisers of the time to break the bonds of the previously excellent but more limited systems. These master...

Telephone Number Test

The following is a list often people and their telephone numbers. Study the list for not more than two minutes and attempt to remember all the phone numbers, then turn to page 25 and answer the appropriate questions. 787-5953 640-7336 691-0262 242-9111 725-8397 781-3702 869-9521 644-1616 457-8910 354-6350 Your health-food shop Your tennis partner Your local weather bureau Your local newsagent Your local florist Your local garage Your local theatre Your local discotheque Your local community...

Number Shape and Number Rhyme Memory Test

On page 60 are three columns of twenty numbers the first in standard order the second in reverse order the third in random order. Complete each list, filling in, next to the number, the appropriate item from the list you have just memorised, covering the lists with your hand or with paper as you complete them and start on the next. When you have finished, calculate your score out of a possible 60 points. You will almost certainly have made an improvement over your performance in the original...

4 The Secret Principles Underlying a Superpower Memory

The Greeks so worshipped memory that they made a goddess out of her - Mnemosyne. It was her name from which was derived the current word mnemonics, used to describe memory techniques such as those you are about to learn. In Greek and Roman times, senators would learn these techniques in order to impress other politicians and the public with their phenomenal powers of learning and memory. Using these simple but sophisticated methods, the Romans were able to remember, without fault, thousands of...

6 The Number Shape System

In chapter 5 you learned the right-brained Link System, in which you applied all the Basic Memory Principles with the exception of number and order. We now move on to the first of the Peg Memory Systems. A Peg Memory System differs from the Link System in that it uses a special list of Key Memory Images that never change and to which everything that you wish to remember can be linked and associated. A Peg System can be thought of much like a wardrobe containing a certain definite number of...