Improve Your Memory In 4 Minutes

Improve Your Memory In 4 Minutes

– [Jessica] We all wish we were better at remembering something, but many of us use the excuse that– – My brain can only hold
so much information. – [Jessica] Or. – I’m just really bad
at remembering names. – Turns out there’s no such
thing as a terrible memory, only an untrained one. (upbeat music) For a national poll,
800 Americans were asked if they had forgotten one of these things in the last week. Results showed that
forgetting someone’s name was one of the most common memory lapses. – [Man] The biggest reason why we’re bad at remembering names is because we often don’t hear the name. – [Jessica] That is Kevin Horsley. He is one of the few memory
champions in the world to complete the Mt. Everest
of memory challenges which involves memorizing
10,000 digits of Pi. – [Kevin] You’ve had
this experience before. You meet someone, and they
say their name is John. You don’t hear the name, and just move on. And you come back like, “What was his name again?” Because you actually didn’t
hear it in the first place. – [Jessica] 90% of the
information we receive is visual, so we store more images
in our memory than sounds which makes it harder to
recognize and remember names when we first hear them. – [Kevin] The first thing
you have to do is concentrate and make a point of hearing the name, then, you have 20
seconds to give that name some kind of meaning to make it stick. – [Jessica] The best trick
to give meaning to a name is to transform it into a silly picture. For example, when you
hear the name Horsley, you can picture a horse and Bruce Lee. For the name Orwig, maybe
picture an oar wearing a wig. The more ridiculous looking
the image the better. – [Kevin] It sticks in your mind because we don’t remember things that are logical. We remember things that are illogical. So, what you do is you
stick it in your memory in an illogical way, and afterwards you can
think about it logically. – Once you can creatively
picture any new information, you’re ready for the next trick. Horsley calls it by a few names: the Body Method, the Car Method, and the Journey. – [Kevin] They all work
on the same principle that they are all things that
are in your long-term memory. You know exactly what
your body looks like. You know exactly what your car looks like. You don’t have to think about it. – The trick is to imprint new information onto old knowledge. And what you’re really
doing here is creating new synaptic connections in your brain, which makes it easier to
remember new information, and then convert into long-term memory. For example, let’s trying
learning all of the films that won the Oscars for
Best Picture in the 90s using our body. Let’s start with our feet. So, in 1990 the film that won Best Picture for that year was Dances with Wolves. You can picture yourself
wearing wolf-shaped slippers and dancing in them. (upbeat music) Okay, in ’91, Silence of
the Lambs won Best Picture, so your knees are
knocking together in fear making a lot of noise, so you grab a lamb-shaped
pillow to silence them. Moving up your body to your waist. In ’92, Unforgiven won Best Picture. So, picture a belt that’s
really tight wrapped around your waist. It’s really uncomfortable and unforgiving. And as you move down the list, you move up your body. Once you have the hang of it, you can use other settings to store, not just lists, but
libraries of knowledge. Take a mental journey through your room, or home, to learn all 197
capitals of the world, for example. – [Kevin] The journey is what all memory champions are using. This method may seem silly, but what it does is it impacts your memory. So, it’s going to be easier
for you to repeat it, then, it’s going to be
easier for you to use it, and then, you won’t be thinking about these silly images anymore. – [Jessica] Like anything in life, improving your memory takes practice, but the more you learn, the more connections you can build making it easier to learn even more. So, the possibilities are endless. Take Horsley, for example, as a child he had issues with dyslexia. By the time he graduated high school, he was reading at a speed
of about a five-year-old. Shortly after graduation, however, he got interested in memory. Today, he reads one book a day, speaks three languages fluently, and has earned the coveted title of International Grandmaster of Memory. – [Kevin] For me, it’s been a journey. I’ve been studying this
for almost 30 years, and everyday I’m still
learning something new when it comes to memory. (soft music)

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  1. Thanks so much for the video – the information provided is most helpful. Improving my memory is a concern of mine – the direction provided is greatly appreciated.<end comment>

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