Memory Palaces

3 Study Methods You Should Use More Often

This was originally for an article writing assignment, but I thought “why not write something I can also post on my blog?” so here are three study methods that I haven’t seen a lot of in the studyblr community but are definitely worth mentioning.

The Leitner System

          Flash cards have remained one of the most popular ways to study. Some people use them to memorize vocabulary, remember answers to specific questions, or even associate dates with events. Although the use of flash cards is convenient, their effectiveness has been reduced due to most people’s habits of prioritizing each card equally and therefore spending too much time memorizing the information on them.

          The Leitner System, created by a German popularizer of science named Sebastian Leitner, is a more efficient method of studying that implements the concept of spaced repetition. All the cards start off in one pile. You would first scan through these cards, then test yourself. Each card you answer correctly goes to a second pile, while those you answer incorrectly should be revised then placed at the bottom of the pile. When you review the cards in the second pile and get them correct, they will be promoted to a third pile. An incorrect card will always get demoted to the first pile, even if they had previously been promoted to the last pile.

          The reason why this method is so effective is that you end up reviewing the first pile of cards more frequently—the cards you don’t know very well. Some people choose to review their Stack 1 cards every day, Stack 2 cards every other day, Stack 3 cards once every three days, and so on.

          Once all your cards have been promoted to the highest box, study them thoroughly and then start over. The continuous revision trains your speed so that you may reach fluency, which allows you to recall the information faster.

Timed Memorization

          The name tells it all: you memorize a certain text within a time limit, normally around five to ten minutes depending on your fluency and memorization abilities. When the timer starts, you begin memorizing. When time is up, you flip to the next page, even if you haven’t finished the previous page yet. Continue until you’ve gone through all your material.

          Timed memorization helps you to discipline yourself because your brain thinks that there’s no time for messing around; you have to do this here and now. Make sure to repeat the things you missed and revise everything frequently. This method is actually one of the most effective for cramming as it gives a better coverage than if you spend a whole half hour memorizing one subtopic.

The Memory Palace or Mind Palace

           Sound familiar? In BBC’s Sherlock, the ‘highly functioning sociopath’ uses this method to remember vital information and facts. A mind palace is a systematic arrangement of information, each detail corresponding to a specific object in a familiar place. To ensure that you really remember everything, the objects have to appear shocking and conspicuous.

           Here’s an example: if I wanted to memorize “crimson, 11, delight, petrichor (the smell after rain)”, aside from imagining Amy Pond or the Doctor saying it, I would first choose a place, let’s say my school. I’d imagine myself walking up to the front gate and seeing that the entire building has been painted the color of blood—crimson. The building would then rise as though it were lifted from the earth and crumble into rubble, controlled by Eleven, the character from Stranger Things. Now, since I can’t really picture delight specifically, I’d probably end up visualizing a colossal sign that simply reads “delight” posted in front of my school. As for petrichor, I’d imagine curves rising out of the puddles on the asphalt after a rainy night, a visual representation of the smell of the rain. Of course, these visualizations have been created to suit my memory. (I wouldn’t know if you watched Stranger Things.)

           I used this method when memorizing case studies for geography, although I chose to visualize fictional places from television series and cartoons. Some people do opt to create artificial places, but these often become blurry and are easily forgotten.

           As with any study method, repetition is vital to storing the information in your long-term memory. Visit your “palace” as often as you can. Soon enough, you’ll remember the data as well as you remember the place associated with the data.

So there you have it, three lesser known methods of studying that have proven to be immensely efficient. Now, there is no “correct” way to study, but there are methods that can ease your learning process.

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Want to improve your memory? The “loci” really works, according to science.

  • So how can you improve memory? It has long been believed to depend on genetics, and research has focused on links between recall and intelligence.
  • But a new Stanford University School of Medicine study comparing fMRI brain scans of so-called “memory athletes” with normal folks suggests that great recall doesn’t need to be inherited: It can actually be learned.
  • The loci method, sometimes described as the “memory palace” method, was coined by Greek and Roman orators who had to memorize long speeches without the help of text.
  • The idea  is pretty simple. Humans are better at processing visual information than textual information, so if you want to remember a ton of words at once, pair each one with an image. Read more (3/8/17 12:12 PM).

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: study tips psychology taught me
  • study in shorter intervals and take breaks (ie, 40 minutes studying and 20 minutes break)
  • during your break don’t watch tv or surf the internet. get outside if you can and go for a walk. or at least listen to some instrumental music and walk around your hall. or meditate or do some art. anything that doesn’t require super directed attention. this allows your attention to be replenished. it’s like a muscle and you gotta give it time to rest. tv doesn’t allow for that.
  • relate the information to yourself and your life. creating visual images will improve your memory.
  • when studying, take notes by hand and put them in your own words. generating material yourself will encode the material better in your brain, and you’ll remember it better
  • don’t just reread, rehearse! quiz yourself on the materials. if you use a visual image “memory palace” technique, walk yourself through it. you’re likely to remember information you’ve tested yourself on better.
  • organizing information into groups that make sense create more connections in your brain and allow you to remember things better. the more meaningful connections you make, the better.
  • make sure the last thing you do before bed is study. no phone, no netflix. your brain will process what you’ve just done while you sleep and this improve recall.

(feel free to add any!)

“We’re conditioned, after all, to conflate memory and physical space. At the same time that Pliny was writing his tale of Athenodorus’ haunted house, Cicero and Quintilian were developing a technique for remembering great quantities of information, known as a ‘memory palace,’ Rather than memorizing information directly, one imagines a house and ‘places’ different parts of it in different rooms. With a speech, for example, one’s first point is placed in the entryway to the home, the second point in the first room, and so on. To remember the speech, the orator simply has to ‘walk’ through the house in his or her mind, picking up each aspect of the speech as she or he moves through the building. The technique suggests the degree to which memory is spatial or at least primed to work spatially: our brains are hardwired to think in terms of place and to associate psychic value or meaning to the places we in habit.

Just as imaginary houses may be used to help us remember things, real physical houses may have their own memories–or at least memories we project onto them. A haunted house is a memory palace made real: a physical space that retains memories that might otherwise be forgotten or that might remain only in fragments. Under the invisible weight of these memories, the habits of those who once haunted these places, we feel the shudder of the ghost.”

Colin Dickey, from Ghostland: An American History of Haunted Places (Viking 2016)

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New piece inspired by nbchannibal, especially Mizumono.

“If I’m ever apprehended, my memory palace will serve as more than a mnemonic system. I will live there.”

"Could you be happy there?”

“All the palace chambers are not lovely, light and bright. In the vaults of our hearts and brains, danger waits. There are holes in the floor of the mind.”

Please, reblog but don’t repost! Thanks!

Signs’ Quotes

Aries: “Only the fearless may proceed. Brave ones, foolish ones. Both walk not the middle road.” (Undertale)

Taurus: “ Even if we forget the faces of our friends, We will never forget the bonds that were carved into our souls.” (Angel Beats)

Gemini: “ The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.”(Julius Caesar)

Cancer: “People should fall in love with their eyes closed.” (Andy Warhol)

Leo: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” (Twelfth Night)

Virgo: “Is love a tender thing? Is it too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn.” (Romeo and Juliet)

Libra: “Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs.” (Romeo and Juliet)

Scorpio:  “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Sagittarius:  “As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” (Winnie the Pooh)

Capricorn: "I’m going to keep going until I succeed – or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.“ (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Aquarius: "Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Pisces: “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams.. that’s where we’ll meet.” (The Mad Hatter)

You like castles, don’t you?

WHAT IS ‘MEMORY CASTLE’?

Memory castle is a virtual place for you to build room by room on your PC, Mac or mobile device.
In this place, you can collect your ideas and write notes while navigating freely throughout the tridimensional space you created. 

THE IDEA

While studying for my finals I needed a solitary and calm place where I could focus without any distraction from the outside world: I began to imagine myself in an old medieval castle, in front of my desk, with my notes and books. Immersing myself into this alternate world really helped me not only to stay focused but also to remember what I was studying because I could visualize it mentally in my medieval study.
With this idea in mind, I started very recently this project using the game engine Unreal Engine 4 so that I and other people could create a virtual castle.

WHAT CAN  I USE THIS FOR?

As a visual tool Memory Castle allows its users to:

  • take notes and write down ideas in a new and compelling way that takes advantage of the tridimensional space;
  • create a memory palace to memorize anything through visualization and spatial memory;
  • concentrate while studying;
  • explore other people castles and read their stories;
  • relax and look at every nook and corner of your creation.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You start by building your castle room by room: choose the style and the shape of each room, there will be a wide range of options and customizable characteristics. 
Once you chose your room, which might be a cozy medieval study, a busy kitchen, a dungeon or a lush courtyard garden, you can furnish and decorate placing any kind of 3D object. 
Every object can store a text or a picture: you write a note and associate it with an item. 
When you need a new room you can place a ‘door’ item, which can be anything from a real door to a mousehole, and use it to create and go to a different space.
You can expand your castle or create multiple ones: in one of them you could keep your ideas; you could use the next one to learn a new language etc.
At this point, you might consider sharing your castle and your stories with others.

WHAT IS A MEMORY PALACE?

As humans, we are not good at remembering complex historical events, series of numbers or the periodic table, but we are good at remembering places. Memory palaces, also known as mind palaces or memory journey are a mnemonic tool that allows practitioners to memorize complex pieces of information taking advantage of spatial memory. You can create one by navigating a familiar place in your mind and choosing several loci (latin for places) you can later use to store what you need to remember through visual association.

More on the subject here

This is relevant to the Memory Castle project because it can actually be a great tool you can use to build palaces. In fact, many people are using video games as memory palaces and find them really helpful given their nature and memorability but this places are not personal or customizable, and can often be problematic to use and this is where the memory Castle project comes in.


That’s all, thank you, everyone, we hope you will find this project interesting and entertaining. 
Please let us know what do you think, we will be glad to hear your thoughts.

–IdeaThing

Okay. You dont know how much I hurt for Will when we see him again, 3 years later after Digestivo.

The guy is still fcuking trying so hard to move on from THAT. And the fact that Will is still trying so hard to move on speaks how strong he can still feel the pull even after 3 fcuking years later with a wife and a kid and a new house and a life free from the FBI. He is still actively fighting all of it.

The guy didnt let Jack in his house, despite the freezing cold and despite the fact the guy still values his relationship with Jack, enough to listen to him even though the guy didnt want to talk about the murders at all. Will could have drove Jack away and not talk to him at all. Instead, he was “I can’t just shoo you away so let’s hear it anyway.” But not in his house where the guy could not bear to hear the echoes of his and Jack’s voices talking about murders and serial killers bouncing in the spaces his whole new life is built around (because it sure hell will bounce like crazy). Jack and his cases are tainted with thoughts of Hannibal, the guy would not NOT be reminded of Hannibal and the past life he’s trying so hard not to think anymore.

The guy didnt go fishing with his wife and kid. 

Instead, he stayed at home to fix a door. 

We are talking about a guy who used to have a deskspace dedicated for crafting his own lures, near his bed. Heck the guy was a fcuking fly fisherman and he was good at it! But the guy could not bear to share that outdoor activity he loves/loved with his new family without being reminded of Abigail, his murder-daughter who was given and then taken away by Hannibal, 

It was only in his memory palace but he sure is fcuking so happy about the idea, look at that face. Im not crying, you are.

When we see him 3 years later, Dear Will has not been able to put the past behind him at all. He’s still at that stage where reminders can take him back to the past as if he’s still living in it. Emotions are still attached to those thoughts and memories, and Will still feels those emotions strongly.

And what makes this hurt more is the fact that Hannibal made it sure just so. 

The moment Hannibal surrendered, all of Will’s plans of moving on were screwed. Will can change his life completely, new house, a happily married life, new things and activities to occupy his mind and time BUT Will would not be able to completely not think about Hannibal when (1) he still hears what’s going on with Hannibal, and (2) he can’t completely avoid it.

With Hannibal’s arrest:

1. Hannibal will be all over the news

In this way, Hannibal is still in Will’s fcuking face, unless Will decides to move to a remote area or island. But we know that didnt happen

2. There will be trial, in which Will will be very likely dragged into. Oh yes he certainly was.

3. More Hannibal will be on the news. 

You see? The news will be covering his arrest, his stay at bshci, his trial, after the trial — the Chesapeake Ripper is caught and that is sensational my friends, the media will follow him and will talk about him for g-d knows how long. 

How long, you say? Looks like Hannibal’s trial was a thing for all 3 years?? 

Poor Will. And the fact that Will’s visit made it cover story worthy means Hannibal the Cannibal is still relevant after 3 years since his arrest, i mean surrender.

Hannibal knows Will’s recipe for moving on — time, new environment, new people, not knowing what’s up with your ex Hannibal. Will may not be able to forget but these ingredients will gradually dull his feelings until they are no more. Someday, it’ll all be nothing but just memories for Will. And Hannibal knows that him leaving, just as Will wanted him to, will ensurely make that happen. 

So what’s Hannibal’s plan? Get in Will’s face and make sure he wont be able to entirely escape it. 
Keep dear Will emotionally attached with memories of you.

You tried so hard Will but Hannibal knows so much about how your mind works. 

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Okay, about the fishing

My sorry ass managed to look away from Hugh Dancy’s glorious face only now in my Nth rewatch and see the thing past him

Wait. What is that golden circle thing behind him. Looks familiar…

And in a different angle… pardon the dumb quality, no giffing tools for me so if you want it clearer i suggest to go back to this scene in that episode.

Yes, it IS that fishing gear the guy has  

— this magnifying glass.

Because his fishing gear isnt out of sight and boxed up, it does seem Will was still fishing! 

HOWEVER this does not guarantee or say with absolute certainty that Will DID NOT stop fishing. (i mean, for all we know, he could have just put it on display or something but not really using it, or maybe it could be Molly’s. The woman CAN fish at the very least so…)

What it tells us is that there is possibility Will was still fishing.

HOWEVER this does not change the fact that Will chose not to go fishing with his wife and kid on that day.

  • Because for some reason, Will needs or wants to be alone? 
  • Or because fishing with his wife and kid family that day isn’t ‘good’ for him since it reminds him of his murder daughter Abigail?

A lot of things could be on his mind then since what does he do when he wants to quiet his thoughts? He fixes stuff. What are those things that could be on his mind?

Maybe Hannibal’s note just came in and somehow he feels like it’s something to do with those peculiar murders in Chicago and Buffalo he had been reading about? Wait, so does that entail that Will somehow knew Jack will pay him a visit about the murders any day by then??? Or maybe even on that exact day because he knows Jack knows what’s in Hannibal’s note since the fbi 'screens’ the ingress and egress of Hannibal’s parcels? Another possible reason why Will chose not leave the house that day????Woah, no i am not looking more into that or i will digress

Whichever the case may be why Will chose not to go fishing with his wife and kid that day, he was trying to 'stay away’ from the memories of Hannibal the past he left behind, coming back to haunt him.