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Fun memory maximization

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Our brains record everything our senses come across; the problem, often, is accessing those details.In his book “Maximize Your Memory,” Ramn Campayo teaches people effective ways to increase memorization capacity and improve learning and studying techniques (including psychologically preparing for tests).Though the book targets students with about 65 pages devoted to his two chapters on a general study system and preparation for academic and competitive exams, the remainder of the 159-page book applies to anyone. Even if you have a crystal clear memory, research shows that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Campayo begins his book by explaining how memory is created (short-, medium- and long-term) and how people can enhance their ability to recall facts, numbers and information. His ultra-rapid photographic memory chapter asserts that people who don’t possess the natural ability of photographic memory can still learn a method to quickly read and recall printed words.Though a couple of his methods, such as one that pairs numbers with consonants in order to create words out of numeric series, seem to be much more work than they’re worth, others are quite effective. For example, he suggests readers create a moving picture, or video, in their mind, of the material they’re taking in. (However, he doesn’t address how well this works with people who aren’t visual learners, or who have difficulty visualizing.)But the beauty of his book lies in the fact that he doesn’t only focus on intellectual aspects or memory tricks; he also delves into the psychological realm of the creative power of the mind and ways to reduce stress before exams.One of the more fun chapters is psychometrics. Filled with number and domino sequence games (and their answers), Campayo adds insight into some of the tricks to identifying patterns.Campayo’s credits are impressive; he holds the record in speed memory and long-term memory and has broken 15 world records, from memorizing a 46-digit binary number in one second to memorizing 23,200 words in 72 hours. His IQ measures 194, and he’s spent the last 11 years teaching his study, memorization and speed-reading techniques. Now, he shares his knowledge in a convenient, self-paced manner, through “Maximize Your Memory.”

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