First, I delivered a 10-15 minute talk on what the Palace of Memory technique is, and how it works. I’m sorry that there’s no audio — with the setup I had, I couldn’t simultaneously run the projector and record my own audio track:
Then I showed this three-minute film on how even an imaginary architecture can be used to memorize a list or learn a body of material through chunking it into smaller elements, and assigning visual images to them, such as learning the names of the presidents in order.
Finally, I showed this slideshow on a loop — it consists of two run-throughs of US Presidential portraits in order, one with names and one without.
We had time at the end for about 8 questions, which ranged from the value of using artificial memory-training techniques to stave off dementia, to how to be a better rememberer of people’s names.
I also provided Memory Tools with four public domain examples of things that are easily memorized using Palace of Memory techniques — the list of the US Presidents, the list of the kings and queens of England, a John Keats poem, a Shakespeare poem, and Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. I completely forgot to mention them in my talk, but sometimes it’s hard to squeeze everything into forty-five minutes, even if it’s on your agenda.
I think next time I should give a talk on Commonplace Books. Hmm.
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