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There are many different memory systems with variations and adaptations. It's important to remember that we all learn differently so what works for one may not work for another and no system is "set in stone". For example:

The Major system is a method to transform numbers into image form. It's a system that was invented by Pierre Hérigone (1580–1643), -a French mathematician/astronomer. Its hardly surprising that there are a few more variations since the original. However, the idea and basic structure has remained the same. Each number from 0-9 is assigned a consonant, some numbers have more than one letter assigned to it - but the important thing to remember is, each number is assigned  letters that makes a similar phonetic sound and mouth movement for example. 0 = s or z,   1 = t or d. 

The Method of Loci, also known as Memory Palaces or Mind Palaces (referred to as mainly mind palaces on this site)are systems that have been traced as far back as 2500 years ago. The legend of Greek poet Simonides of Ceos claims that after he left a banquet hall, the building collapsed - all within were dead and unidentifiable. Simonides was able to remember every person and where they were in the hall before it collapsed. Hence, Mind Palace - a system where you visualise images of things/people/actions in certain locations around the "palace" then take an imaginary walk around the "palace" and recall the images.

This all may sound confusing at this stage but it will become clearer when you access information on this site or through other resources about the various systems.

It is interesting to learn just how old many of these systems are and how effective they can be with a bit of effort. Yet, they are rarely used. The evolution of technology has taken away a lot of the ability to recall information and the necessity to think and learn. Why remember Auntie Florence's birthday when it pops up on your laptop or phone, conveniently a few days before it's due?  Why learn place locations when we have google maps and car sat navs?

But what about exams and test situations at work or in education? What about confidentiality and security - occasions when you can't or shouldn't  put information on devises? How do we remember passwords, door codes, names....... when our brains are reduced to a blob of jelly with very little in there through lack of use!! It horrifies me to think that in the future people may have microchips implanted in their brain to make them "Superhuman" (as described in an article I read). What happens when something goes wrong? Do we stop functioning and become numbskulls until someone fiddles with our motherboard?

It is so important for our health and well-being to keep our brains active. Developing your memory systems to gain an efficient and effective memory is just the ticket to achieve this and stretch your mind to the maximum.

Below is a table of some of the systems you might want to consider exploring. I will add explanations and site links - as, if or when I use each system, or other useful links to help you learn more.


Memory System System Description Explanatory Links
Major System number to Phonetic word - to image. Mind Maximum Art of Memory
Person Action Object (PAO) Similar to major - more advanced Art of Memory
Dominic System Modified PAO System Art of Memory
Ben System Uses consonant-vowel-consonant to convert to image Art of Memory
Mnemonic Association System Uses image, rhyme, object number association Art of Memory
Method of Loci - AKA Memory/Mind Palaces, Journey Method. Imaginary Walk/journey through a familiar location. Linking images to objects(Loci) Mind Maximum Art of Memory

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