Memory palaces for my episodic memory


I’ve started creating journeys for my everyday events, observations, and studies; one journey for each day.
The mission is to be able to remember my life in exact chronological order, just like some savants can do. Right now I’m using Counter-Strike 1.6: de_dust2 as memory palace and divide it into linear journeys, similarly as I organize movie scenes (see my webpage). In the end of the month I plan to break de_dust2 up and organize the journeys into calendar-like memory palace.

The other purpose is to establish a revision schedule which I lacked before and sadly had a significant effect on my academic results. If my school studies are organized chronologically then it will be easier to revise them. And since the past events (including my studies) are located behind I’m going to see them each time I add a new event and thus I revise them all time.


What I do now is the following: I wake up and recall all the dreams. I use RGBS to place the places I get on 4-stencil, I get a memory palace for the day. I associate today's peg (day number) with one of the dreams, then link the dreams on that stencil into a story, now I'm sure that I won't discover in the middle of the day that I can't recall any of the dreams. If I want to memorize sth else that day I use that dreampalace to place the things.

Weeks, months, years, decades. Pegs.

I take the peg+the thing it interacts with, and place it on 7-stencil, that is for the days of current week. That peg+thing is a portal to today's 4-stencil. Some stencils are <7-stencils, because months usually begin/end somewhere in the middle of the week. I place this month's four 7-stencils and one or two additional half-sized "broken week" stencils on 5-stencil. I get the stencil of the month. I choose the image of a week in that stencil to symbolize the month. Months go on 12-stencil. Years go on 10-stencils.

Each time I choose an image that acts as a portal to the stencil of day/week/month/year, now that portal holds its child stencil and the portal is placed to its one-level-higher stencil (mother stencil). I use pegs for day numbers (1-31) and week numbers (1-52).

To not mix the repeating pegs up I like to compose unique hybrid objects with them. For example my nr 19 peg is a syringe. May 19 in one of the dreams I saw me being in real life GTA and firing cars with rocket launcher, I let the syringe pipe be a bazooka. Nr 17 peg - cabbage. In my dream I saw me riding a bull, I let the bull’s skin consist of cabbage leaves, I’m riding on a cabbage-bull. That bull then goes through the other dreams I saw that day (all on their stencil). Peg 20 - horseshoe. Week 20 has is on 7-stencil, its tuesday May 12-th in the middle. The image for the day was: ketchup bottle with fire matches protruding out of the bottle everywhere (peg 12 - firematches). To get the image for the week I let the horseshoe spiral around the spiky ketchup bottle, like a spiraly stair, on the top of the stair I can jump into the bottle.


Because I'll be doing everything scattered on long time period, the whole process takes a lot of repetition: Today: today and day before (very important) Twice a week: this week. Once a week: the week before Twice a month: this month. Once a month: the month before If I don't repeat the stencils I'll just forget them, I've experienced that too much.


Journey per day? How many loci in each?


51 loci for today. ca 30 for yesterday. Depends on the day. Today I moved around in the city and added a lot of observations. Adding observations and events is not very hard because they are visual, in terms of Gavino’s MMP System this would be making a Massive Journey , where each event/observation is a mini-location (strongest comparison for me is like adding movie scenes into pre-memorized journey, which I’ve done a lot).

For memorizing the studies I’ve done this week I have used the events and observations of the same day. This way I revise through my studies also today’s events. When I reach the present (event-loci are exhausted) I use journeys from another palaces and place these journeys into de_dust2 present-locus.


Are you doing anything to organize the studies themselves, or just popping them in as you read along? Have you experienced with theme-based journeys?


1. If I have a subject-related palace for this study, then:
a) place there my event-loci that I used for memorizing the study
b) place the study directly in that palace, then place the palace to de_dust2 present-locus.
2. If I don’t have subject-related palace, then I create one (if I know that I’m going to memorize more topics that belong to this category).
Before de_dust2 most of my palaces were subject-related. Now the aim is that my studies would be double-categorized (chronologically and subject-related).

I believe what I described above is basically theming the studies. E.g. de_dust2 is a dusty desert map. Today I watched an episode from Through The Wormhole, I choose a journey from de_nuke (also a map from Counter-Strike, I use it for placing Through The Wormhole epidoses) and placed the scenes into that journey. And in the background of that journey I saw the present-locus of de_dust2. To fix it more in my memory I visualized desert winds blowing and dust entering the journey from the present-locus.


Hi again, dear mnemonists :wink:

I’ve been off this site for some time. Now I’d like to share my progress with my episodic memory.

In the summer I read about reusing memory palaces for long term memorization, and was really fascinated about it. When suddenly I wanted to memorize sth quickly, then like all mnemonist I constantly had this bugging problem: “In which palace and where exactly should I place it?” :puzzled: But what if I were to reuse the same palace over and over again. That would speed things up.

But then that palace would have to be HUGE. And it would have to be systemized, divided into journeys. So what I did was that I took 7 long linear journeys from massive buildings or a journey from computer game map (those I had to make longer, because CS maps aren’t notoriously loci-rich), and each one divided into 7 parts. Now I added the journeys alongside each other and got a really big square that consisted of 7x7 parts.


Why number 7? Because there are 7 days in week. I could divide the palace into 4x7=28 linear journeys (by rotating myself 4 times), each journey consisting of 7 parts, and each day use one of them. No problem with “What journey to use?” any more. So, each month I use the same palace ca 1 time.


Mentally constructing this palace was the hardest and time consuming imagination exercise I’d ever done. The problem was that each journey was a part of a bigger map/building, and it’s really hard to demolish the existing constructs into new one. For example journeys B1 and B2 were from the same spa-hotel, and in reality they were perpendicular, but now they had to be alongside each other (parallel).

The problem wasn’t visualizing them next to each other. It also wasn’t moving (on the map) from left->right or right->left, it was moving from up->down or down->up (from a locus of one journey to its adjacent locus of the neighbour journey), because my brain subconsciously wanted to move into the old surroundings of the journeys. Finally I just used my 00-99 PAO and assigned a number to each little square. That made the navigation a lot easier. After 2 months I was able to move quite freely in every direction.

But how to differentiate between the same journeys of different months. Easy, each month has to have its own frame:
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(frame loci 15-21 are outside of the picture)

Day 1 starts from locus1 and goes to square11, day2: locus2->square21, and so on. So far I’ve picked 5 frames for 5 months. Some of them weren’t very good, for example July 2014 was in an isolated beach and I couldn’t find 28 loci (they had to be circularly placed!). August was in my hometown stadium, that was better, but I should have repeated it more times, now I can’t even recall all loci. September, October, and November were circular areas of that same town. Again, I was lazy when it came to repetition and forgot a lot of images that I placed at the loci. Some days I didn’t even bother to store my memories.

In December I decided to compose the frame myself, day by day. Each day I would pick a place that I visited and add it to the frame. This would save me from finding good circular areas that I’m familiar with. I decided that the loci have to be somehow spatially structurized, so here is a stencil ( in the left) that I sometimes (mentally) use for placing the loci.


What was a bit disturbing again was the problem of merging existing loci. Lembran Sar says he uses one image per day, but there is a difference between wether that mnemonic image is an object or a picture. If it is an object, then of course it doesn’t have any surrounding and the problem is gone. But I like to use pictures - the places where I went, rooms, etc. Then I somehow have to blend the edges of the pictures together: for example picture 1 forms the stair to 2; pictures 3,4,5 blend together and then place them on 2; then 6 and 7 form another stair to 2 at the other end (pretty much like the stencil above, only that one is a bit too linear). Just placing 28 pictures onto a square next to each other won’t do. What also helped a lot was linking.
Of course, building a frame/memory palace entirely from objects could be even harder, because they have no edges to merge (just linking them also won’t do, because you’ll have to see them next to each other, otherwise you won’t get a MP). What we usually do is that we take an existing place and there we put an object, and link it to the locus. Not linking places to locus or merging objects and places together. Although I admit, if the places are imaginary/movie scenes (not real ones), then constructing a palace of them is really fun and easily memorable.

I also drew a picture (sorry, I am not a good drawer :cry: ) of the december frame to show you:


In the center on the platform is me, rotating myself. Although I could recall all the loci without standing in the center, but rotating in the center I can concentrate to each side separately.

Another problem was that some days I didn’t go out of the house or watched a video that I could use as a locus. Or I just didn’t bother to (You can notice the “?”-s in the picture).Or I started studying in the morning and I yet didn’t have the locus.

So, how to easily get each day a new locus that’s not completely random (e.g first picture you find in the internet doesn’t quite represent your day). Dreaming, of course. Starting from 27th December I force myself not to get up from the bed before I have recalled as much scenes/places I can remember of the dream, and merge the places of the dream into one map. Sometimes I can recall only one place, but that’s enough. Sometimes like 6-7 and I get a memory palace for the day (and if I run out I continue with the daily journey in the 7x7 palace or use some movie palace). But I have to revise the dream palace at least once during the same day, and also some time later, because dreams are very easily forgettable. Atm this regime fits for me because I’ve always wanted to remember my dreams, they make so cool palaces (I’m emotionally attached to them).

What about my project reusing the 7x7 palace? I found out that long linear journeys arent’t very good. And using the same journey more than 2-3 times also isn’t good. I also have to attach each journey’s beginning to the frame to differentiate the same journeys of different months, and to remind me to revise the journey some time later, and then blend the filled journey inside the frame. It’s really lot of work and thus I try avoid using them (a lot of empty work :cry:). and instead use my dream frame or a movie palace (which I have A LOT [it’s really easy to make them, if you’re a movie fan], now all placed into one single MMP).

At least the hard work of composing the 7x7 took me to sth more exiting - dreamframes. Maybe I could use nonlinear journeys of the 7x7, each month go different way from the same frame locus. Perhaps that would make them more memorable and more easily distinguishable.


interesting and complex system