How’s your memory?  Would you like to know how memory champions increase their skills?  It is important for recruiters and HR managers to remember people, so this is a subject near and dear for us.  And yes, there really are memory competitions, and the champions have to do things like recreate the order of a deck of cards, reel off long lists of numbers, etc.  Most of these champions can walk through a large auditorium and name each attendee, after only meeting them once.

How do they do it?  It turns out that most modern day memory champs use the principle of loci – based on places – a technique that may go back to ancient Greece and Rome.  You create pictures and anchor them to locations, then take a “walk” through the locations, and the pictures you recall unlock the number, card, name, etc.

Take a look at this excellent article published last week in the Wall Street Journal, which outlines how this works!  Fascinating!

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Comment by Helen Burbank (Appleby) on April 5, 2012 at 9:45am

I read a fascinating book on the same topic if anyone is interested: 'Moonwalking with Einstein' - written by a journalist (Joshua Foer) who trains to compete in the Memory Championship 

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