I’ve recently completed a list of 2704 mnemonic images using the ben system, which I’ve been practicing over the past several weeks. The list was originally designed to be exactly 50% objects and 50% “people”, and by people, I mean anything animate (people, animals, etc.). The premise of course was that this 50/50 ratio of people to objects promoted a natural interaction of images. While practicing this system has been going extremely well, there were two things that I didn’t expect. First, rigidly classifying images as either “people” or objects based on whether they’re animate or inanimate isn’t valid for all images. I found that there were many animate images that could both give and receive an action. A dog, for instance, could easily perform an action, but it could also easily receive an action by being pet. The other thing that I found is that humanoid-humanoid linking was more difficult (to form and recall) than object-object linking, which suggests that the ideal ratio of people to objects would actually be < 1.
While most of the list won’t change at this point, I was thinking about making a few changes based on what I’ve found, which leads me to the point of this thread. I’m looking for any input regarding the ideal ratio of people to objects from others with experience.