The memory palace (a.k.a. the method of loci) is a method of memory enhancement that hacks the brain to give it memory super-powers. It may sound like science-fiction but memory palaces are science fact backed by decades of studies proving their effectiveness and over 2500 years of history. They’re not only effective, but also fun to use and surprisingly easy to learn.
"numerous studies, extending back decades, show that the method of loci improves memory. Using the approach, people who could remember only a handful of numbers — seven is the norm, give or take a few — were trained to recall 80 to 90.
Another study found that the method doubled the proportion of people who could remember at least 11 of 12 grocery list items. Students who applied it in an undergraduate economics course outperformed those who did not on an exam. Medical students who used the method of loci to study the endocrine system learned more than those who did not.
Patients who have had treatments known to impair recall and cognitive function — like coronary bypass surgery and surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer — improved their memories with the method of loci. As a memory aid, it’s superior to rote memorization..."
Next: Building a memory palace
The Human Body Systems Palace only has one room. Enter the room to continue.
Rooms are divided into three parts: the text panel, the items panel and the room itself. Each part corresponds to one of the three steps for building a memory palace.
Let’s start with importing the information we want to memorize using the text panel.
Our text panel below is missing one of the ten systems of the human body. Press the Edit button at the bottom of the panel and add Respiratory System to the list. Then click Save.
Without pressing the Edit button, select the word Respiratory in the text panel to automatically send it to the items panel.
Once a word is in the items panel, it’s time to turn it into an image that you can easily remember.
Once you've decided what image you want to remind you of Respiratory (perhaps lungs, a cigarette, or an inhaler), type it in as the Reference, then click on the thumbnail to select a corresponding image.
Here, the first nine images have already been placed for you along a path. Place your image for Respiratory System to end the path.
Now, when you want to remember, just use your mind’s eye to travel around the room.
That's it. Now go ahead and build your own Palaces and share them with your friends or sell them on our marketplace if you like. Palaces can have as many rooms as you want, so go ahead and get building. The only limit is your imagination!