In a couple of the memory talk Joshua Foer has given, he talks about the Baker/baker effect. If you tell someone a story about man who is a baker, this will be more memorable than when you tell the same story about a man who’s name is Baker. The man who’s name is baker is much more abstract than his baker counterpart.
A simular effect arises when you ask someone who’s dog’s name is Snoopy to imagine “Snoopy” as opposed to asking that same person to imagine the word “dog”. This person’s (unconcious) brain may take a fraction of a second to decide what dog will be imagined and the tug a war between multiple possible dog images may cause the final image to be less than HD-quality.
Computers (or better put: the users of computers) suffer from a simular problem. If you search for information in a database it really makes a time difference how precise you define the to be searched information and how precise you define where the information needs to be searched.
The problem with translating numbers into images (object/animals/persons), I imagine, is very much related to the above described effects. Let’s say you try to translate the number 65 (6=b, 5=s) into the image of a “bus”. Well your (unconsious) brain will asks itself “what bus (London doubledecker, bus or US school bus or …)” and “where am I (the brain) supposed to look for such an image?”
If there is any truth to my number translation theory, than having all the images permanently stored in a memory palace might have great benefit. Well that’s precisely what I did yesterday; I transformed my 50 locations memory palace (my goal was to be good at memorising 100 numbers, hence 50 locations) into a 100 locations memory palace and I put my 100 2-digit images in the memory palace.
Some observations that I made:
-teleporting to an object in it’s location in the memory palace determined by a random 2-digit number list seems to be faster and easier in comparison to how fast and easy I was able to (only) translate the numbers a day before (when the images were not in a memory palace).
-some images are much more HD-quality, like the image of a dog: it used to be a blurry dog hybrid and now it’s a smiling golden retriever behind the front door of my house.
reverse memory palace
A natural progression of having all images in a memory palace is the reverse memory palace (a method that has been suggested on this forum a couple of years ago). The variation of this method I’m going to try is as follows: 5 persons act out a predetermined sequence of 10 actions (each) in the locations and with the images determinded by the random number list. This will allow me to memorise 100 digits.
One of the most memorable moments in the serie “Game of thrones” was a scene in which Haftor Bjornson alias the mountain sliced a horse in half with his sword. Well imagine if he sliced the concert piano in half that I have placed in the middle of the shopping mall, it would make also a rather memorable scene.
I now only have to find 9 other actions for the mountain and 4 other persons with 10 actions each and I’m ready for some record breaking stuff.
I would appreciate any input and of course well thought out criticism of this method.