What we dived into
[02:20] Alex talks about how long he has been competing, his background and how he started.
[05:00] Discussion on the main memory techniques Alex uses, and why they work.
[07:27] Alex talks through the memory palace technique, how to encode lots of detail, and the importance of reviewing. Alex guides our listeners through an example in real time.
[13:48] Active recall, AnkiApp and why it’s more efficient to create images.
[16:52] examples what he would or would not create a memory palace (memory image) for and the ways to use memory palaces correctly.
[20:58] Dr Meyer asks Alex how he keeps track of all his memory palaces, how Alex uses palaces for competition
[26:58] Alex talks about how he tries to keep memory palaces separate.
[28:21] Alex on it being fine to use other people’s images if it works for, on memrise.com and crowdsourcing mnemonics
[31:53] Dr Meyer asks Alex how long it takes to get started with these memory techniques
[35:05] Alex on how reviewing is the key to making memories stick.
[36:50] When you no longer need a palace – transitioning from the palace to your memory.
[38:29] AJ asks Alex about real life applications of memory techniques, how to use these techniques to remember names and faces.
[45:11] Alex talks about how he remembers large amounts of numbers for competition
[51:07] Alex talks about what got him into medicine and his plans for the future
[53:32] Joos asks Alex how memory competitions work – who are the competitors and the crowd?
[58:32] Joos asks Alex how he trains for competition, a system for memorizing cards and moonwalking with einstein
[63:00] Alex talks about the countries who dominate, the growing popularity in the USA, Australia lagging behind and how the ranking system works
[65:55] Alex goes through the exercise for from earlier, to see if the audience remembers
PRYMD Fast Five
- Check out Alex’s website for free memory training
- Read Moonwalking with Einstein by J.Foer
- Head over to the Art of Memory website
- Check out memocamp.com for even more memory training
- If you’re interested in learning languages, consider using Memrise
- “Human visual and spatial memories are a lot stronger than our memories for abstract things” – Alex Mullen
- “If you can picture something in your mind it can stick better” – Alex Mullen
- “You don’t want to be memorizing everything – that’s a pretty bad way to learn” – Alex Mullen