A couple of years ago, someone on this forum desribed a “problem” that in a nutshell comes down to the following: after memorising numbers by means of putting objects in a memory palace it is much easier to answer the question “where did i put object X”, than “what object did I place in location X”. In diferent phrasing: the imagined connection between object and location is more powerfully triggered by the object than by the location.
I imagine this a not a problem for memorising a deck of playing cards in competition, since you can just reassemble the deck of cards by doing: this card goes to location … and this card goes to …
But for memorising let say 100 digits it is rather inconvenient. Very often when I have no idea what object I put in a given location , I try to count from 00 to whatever number is is the one I’m looking for. Usually as soon as I think of the correct number, the imagined connection will come to me like magic.
The original poster of this problem suggested an inverse memory palace (not sure if this phrasing was used) in which a prememorised sequence of objects is placed in locations determined by the to be remembered numbers (so the loctions are numbered and not the objects). I tried this method, but It felt really complicated.
I would like to know if there are forum members who have (had) similar problems with this a-symmetry, and how they have taken advantage/dealt with this.