5 Unbelievable Feats Of Memory
The brilliant evolution of the human mind is unquestionable.
We have been given a level of consciousness to create advanced societies, land on the moon and develop technology that will one day see us colonize space.
At the root of our success, lies, memory – allowing us to store everything we've ever learned and including the neural capacity for over 100,000 words. Developing your memory and maintaining it throughout life, will serve you in the workplace and relationships while protecting your quality of life as you age.
Be inspired by some of the most incredible feats of memory ever recorded......
The Authentic Rain Man – Kim Peek
The inspiration behind the 1988 film, Rain Man, was Kim Peek, who was afflicted with the rare condition known as Savant syndrome – a condition that famously elicits the capacity for incredible feats of memory. Peek was said to be able to read an average book in less than 60 minutes and recite it from memory, instantaneously.
Amazingly, Peek had the ability to read two pages at once in under ten seconds – one with his left eye and another with his right! At the peak of his powers, his mind was a biological library of 12,000 books and housed a seemingly infinite amount of knowledge.
Johannes Mallow – the Man Who Never Forgets Your Number
Germany's Johannes Mallow is ranked number one in the men's World Memory Championship listings. Among his other incredible feats of the mind, he has recalled 1,080 digits in 15 minutes, following a five-minute memorisation period.
Yan Jiashuo – the Girl Prodigy
Ten year old Japanese school girl, Yan Jiashou, stunned crowds in 2010 at the 24th World Memory Championship in Chengdu, China, when she set a record for the youngest person to win the prize. Yan's feats included memorising 646 random sequences of poker cards — in just one hour.
Sketching New York from Memory – Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire became a cyber celebrity when he was shown hovering over New York in a helicopter – a quick reconnaissance mission prior to sketching the Manhattan skyline from memory, when he got back to his studio. Wiltshire is afflicted by autism, giving him an incredible capacity for spatial awareness and memory. He has performed the same feat in global locations, including Dubai, London and Tokyo.
Developing your Memory Using 'Imaging'
Imaging is a simple technique that you can use to enhance your memory – while putting it to good use. In essence, imaging requires you to create a story in your head, using a string of images, to remember a list of items. For example, imagine you've arranged to buy something locally, via the internet, but only have vague directions ('Turn left at the garage after the church, then look for the house with a red door; but remember to knock because the bell doesn't work!').
Your story might look something like: 'Little red riding hood is going to church, before filling up her car with fuel at the petrol station and taking a left turn – before she knocks on the red door with her little fist.'
In addition to learning memory techniques such as imaging, we can maximise memory and protect it through life, by engaging in games that challenge the mind (such as sudoku and crosswords), exercise, stress reduction, meditation and regular social interaction. Your mind is incredibly precious – make sure you look after it!
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