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Mind Palace - Brain Hacks

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This is a really simple and useful method for remembering things. For example, you want to remember a list of ten items. I don't consider myself to be that strong at visualizing, but I was able to learn and apply this one instantly.

First, imagine a house that you know well enough that you can walk through each room in your mind's eye. Start at one room in your house and see the first item on your list in that room. See it exaggerated in a way that makes it really abnormal by using things like size, color, sound, smell... the more senses the better.

Example: if the first item on your list is a fish and you are starting in the bedroom, see a giant, yellow fish flopping around on the bed.

Now continue to the next room in the house. Maybe it's the master bathroom and the item is butter.
See the toilet filled with butter, overflowing and sliding down the side of the bowl.

Repeat the process for each room in the house. When your list is done, go back to the first room and see the item you left there. Continue the same course through the house and note each item that you had created.

You should be able to easily remember each item this way. Not only that, but you can start at any room in the house and go forward or backward to list every item on the list.

If you're interested in more tricks like this, check out Mind Performance Hacks by O'Reilly media. This is pretty much the method they describe in Hack #3, but I described it the way I was taught.

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bodybuildaussie1631 • 13 Jul 2012, 08:36
I must be doing something wrong: found my housebrick, locked the dog with it and rode my goldfish to work...
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SMoK3™49.07K • 13 Jul 2012, 08:42
I walked into the bedroom and seen my ex's big red smelly knickers on the floor and that was enough for me and decided to leave, and forgot why I was in there in the first place...
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DominicS4545 • 13 Jul 2012, 12:05
I think I am off butter for a while.

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DominicS4545 • 13 July 2012, 12:05 Show comment
I think I am off butter for a while.
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SirSeedsAlot85.62K • 13 July 2012, 12:32 Show comment
guess what i found in the butter dish this morning
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SMoK3™49.07K • 13 July 2012, 08:42 Show comment
I walked into the bedroom and seen my ex's big red smelly knickers on the floor and that was enough for me and decided to leave, and forgot why I was in there in the first place...
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bodybuildaussie1631 • 13 July 2012, 08:36 Show comment
I must be doing something wrong: found my housebrick, locked the dog with it and rode my goldfish to work...
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StonerCharm3400 • 13 July 2012, 08:22 Show comment
Hey this is cool. Thanks for sharing. I have always also been weak at visualizing, but this works for me.
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Pick_n_Roll20.8K • 13 July 2012, 07:57 Show comment
thanks, this will help me with the remembering my bucket list lollol
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SirSeedsAlot85.62K • 13 July 2012, 06:22 Show comment
Good stuff. grabbing the torrent now. My brain short circuits when it comes to lists as if I have a learning disability. I can verify is a list is correct but it's very difficult to recall lists. Maybe this will help.
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JfiSG1nG3308 • 13 July 2012, 05:57 Show comment
I learned mnemonics in school... remembered pi to 500 decimal places easily using this technique. Could have gone a lot further, but the object of the lesson was to learn it in an hour. After some practice I could remember 100 sequential numbers in less than 5 minutes. great stuff these visualization techniques. As with all things, gets loads easier with practice.
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GreenPirate469 • 16 July 2012, 01:50 Show comment
That is cool! I just started looking for techniques because I am going to have to take a bunch of math classes.
Any tips or sources you want to share?
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