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Posted 19 May 2011 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Memory training

Have you heard it said that we live in "the information age"?

In the middle and dark ages, in England, you succeeded in life to the degree to which you were:

  • Connected to the Monarchy.
  • Or to which you could effectively wield a sword

In THIS age, the information age, you succeed to the degree to which you can

  • Manage people
  • AND/ OR effectively handle information

If you cannot handle information and are no good with people, then you are in deep trouble.

  • So you must handle large amounts of information.
  • You need to deal with lots of people.


You have also heard it said that the average person has a rather poor memory. You may have heard that the average person can only hold "7-plus-or-minus-2" bits of information, in the mind, at any one time.

That idea comes from a study done in 1956 at Harvard University by George Miller.
Miller discovered that people can only hold a very limited number of things in their short term memory:

The average being 7 items on your mental screen.
But this capacity varies with how tired you are and how stressed you are.
Consequently we often have problems remembering all the many things we need to remember.

The fact is

Our brains are not well-adapted to the information age!

SO we have a problem
We need to absorb and process lots of information, but we have a limited capacity to deal with information (7 plus or minus 2)

And yet

You have also heard it said that the human brain has almost unlimited abilities.

You have heard it said that the brain has limitless computing ability;
It has been estimated that a person who lives to the age of seventy has over one TRILLION bits of information stored in his -her brain.

You have heard it said that the human brain is by far the most complex computer in the universe: a miracle of God's creation and the pinnacle of the evolutionary process on earth

So how come I can't find my car keys?
And how come you can't remember the name of the person you met at the party, just five minutes ago?

There is a discrepancy here

Is your brain the unlimited supercomputer with a mega capacity? A trillion bits

Or is it Millers dim-witted seven plus or minus two moron?


We are both.

  1. We DO have a limited short term memory (only 7 plus or minus two units)
  2. We ALSO have an unlimited long term memory

The trick to using your brain effectively is to:

  1. Package material in the short term memory (let us call it our MILLER memory) , into small packets of 4,5,6,7,8, or 9 units,
  2. Then encode them, and then
  3. Send them for storage in the unlimited long term memory (we will call that the MEGA memory)

Remember this:
You have an unlimited mega-memory being fed by a limited Miller-memory
You need to help the Miller memory, by giving it information that it can deal with in "packets".
Then the miller memory can do its job properly without being bunged up:

If you try to pile too much stuff, too quickly, into the Miller memory, it cannot cope.
It gets bunged up

Picture the Miller memory as a paper shredder that can deal with any amount of paper, but only if you feed it into the shredder, in the right amounts: too much too fast is counterproductive: the mechanism cannot cope and it spits it back out.

How can you help your Miller memory to feed the mega memory?

You can help the Miller memory by using mnemonics.

Mnemonics are memory systems that help you to hold the information in the Miller memory long enough for it to digest it and pass's it into the mega memory.
It was the Ancient Greek scholar Simonedes that invented and codified the methods then used to memorise speeches, people's names, and other information.

These memory methods rely on the following skills

Three steps:

  1. Turning information into vivid mental images
  2. Taking the mental image and placing it in a specific place along a familiar mental journey through your house.
  3. Repeat the mental journey five times and recall the images that stand for the information being memorised.

Memory methods can be memorised by this mnemonic


Pictures Attached to Places with Enough Repetition

All memory training is based on improving your ability to do this.

  1. Turn information into mental images
  2. Place the mental image/ information in a mental place where you can find it later
  3. Rehearsing the material so that it transfers from the Miller memory into the mega memory

Some people train themselves in this process so that they become:

  1. Lighting fast
  2. Efficient
  3. Accurate

We call these people "Lucky to have a good memory".
They are NOT LUCKY: they are trained.

Would you like to train your memory?

If you would like to train your memory so that you can:

  1. Learn with lighting speed
  2. And have an efficient and accurate recall
  3. Access the power of your mega memory

In other words, if you want to train your memory: then follow the improve memory training link to own our unique and informative memory training programme.

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