How many images do you place at each loci while studying… would like to know if it is possible to compress memory palaces without affecting recall
I always try to keep it as simple as possible.
When I learn key contents of laws, I usually have:
- one image representing the number of the Article and
- one image that represents the keyword for the content of that Article
in the same location.
If I put more there, it gets harder to remember (not necessarily in the beginning with the first few reviews, but with later reviews after like 6 months, it seems to be more of a problem).
But I think in general it depends a bit on the kind of information and also the size of the location. If I have to force myself to put more images there, than what seems to fit in there naturally, it’s always harder to remember in the end. So I usually only have 2 images (sometimes 3 but rarely) in one location.
Generally, one per locus for me, unless multiple objects are interacting to deliver related information. That’s the only reason I could have for combining images in one location; they are inherently connected to one another. The most I’ve done is three.
If you want to place multiple items in a single location, my personal advice would be to make sure those items are there for a reason (other than lack of enough loci). Otherwise, I think you risk overlooking something. But maybe I’m just overly cautious here…