Boost Your Memory

Many people claim to have a bad memory. What most people don’t realize is that memory is more like a mental muscle than a natural talent. Memory can be enhanced, developed and improved. In this video, I show Brad Gosse how to memorize a short list of items in under a minute. This was an unscripted video and Brad had no idea what we were going to do.

For someone who claims to have a terrible memory, his results were pretty solid.

Please share some of your memory tricks and techniques if you have them.

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13 Responses to Boost Your Memory

  1. Jay March 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Great memory tactic!

    I have the reverse problem. Pretty good short term but it’s hard for me to remember things from the past..especially whenI’m on the spot and need to draw that part of my memory sometimes unless I am prepared to answer it ahead of time. 9/10’s not bad though!!!

  2. Justin Popovic March 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Yes this is definitely more of a short term memory technique. The only difference between short term and long term memory is repetition. I’m sure you have no problem recalling certain memories from your past (ie how to ride a bike) but you struggle with other memories. My guess is you just need to repeat these things more often….over and over, so that they become more strongly embedded and easier to recall even when you are under pressure.

    I suggest you go to the library and check out some books on memory exercises. I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff that helps you out.

  3. Karen March 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Hi Justin and Brad,

    I have read about this method before, but it’s very interesting to see it in practise on video. Brad did a good job remembering all but one of the words.

    Btw, that’s great that you have added subtitles to the video – how did you do that? It makes it a lot easier to follow the topic seeing the words, in addition to hearing you guys talk.

    I’m going to try out this method because my memory is ‘just okay’, but could be a lot better.


  4. Justin Popovic March 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Hey Karen,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yeah those subtitles in the video are great! Brad did that in youtube. Check out his blogpost about it here:

    As for the memory exercise, I recommend you try it a few times a day for a week or 2 and then check how you feel about your memory at that point. I bet you will notice a difference.

  5. Farouk March 11, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    really needed those ones, thanks justin 🙂

  6. Justin Popovic March 11, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Glad that helped you Farouk!

  7. Venkat March 29, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    Nice little technique there Justin 🙂 I enjoyed the video. Great to meet you at WordCamp – Venkat

    • Justin Popovic March 29, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      Hey Venkat,
      Glad you liked the memory trick and I look forward to more conversation with you in the future. Keep up the great work on your blog!

  8. Alia November 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    Wow. So simple yet so powerful. I got 8/10 when trying it myself. I will continue to do this for 2 weeks. Thanks Justin!

    • Justin Popovic November 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

      Hey Alia

      8/10 is great. I have found this memory trick to come in very handy on a number of different occasions!

  9. australian memory June 8, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    There are many methods of doing this. Try thinking in a different way, or flex your brain by trying to recall details you haven’t thought of for years.
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