The Art of Memory today
In recent times, the art of memory has been preserved by a select group of average people who compete in memory competitions. The first Memory Championship was held in London, 1991. A championship is held in Australia every two years, with attendance growing. The majority of memory athletes have an average memory and some even believed their memory was poor, if school performance was any measure of memory skills. However, after learning and applying these techniques, all gained the ability to remember enormous quantities of data. It is hard to believe an average person can remember the order of a deck of cards in under 30 seconds or recall the order of over 1,000 binary numbers (1's and 0's) in five minutes; but records such as these are being achieved and surpassed by memory athletes.
Remembering a deck of cards, random shapes or binary numbers are great party tricks, but they are not the true purpose of learning the art of memory. Having the ability to learn a new language, improve retention, remembering people’s names or birthdays, study more effectively or learn just for fun, is what the art of memory is all about. These techniques are not only reserved for elite memory champions, nor should they be relegated to the history books. There is strong evidence to suggest that they have a significant impact on learning outcomes and can be utilised by the academically gifted, average or remedial student.
The art of memory should be celebrated and adopted by educational institutions everywhere and not just by those who possess the academic finesse and capital to fund the research and the trials required to give these techniques practical tread and evidence-based credibility to these techniques.
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