Hello my name is Ray,
I was first introduced with using Mnemonics when I was learning Spanish with the link word technique. That was a pretty helpful tool and later on I discovered the use of a Memory palace and recently the P.A.O. System. When learning Thai it was super useful to use the link method and when I have to store information I try to use some sort of technique now a days. When I was younger I could use my memory to store things without any techniques but now almost 50 I’m in need of techniques to hold information in my brain for longer periods.
At this moment my interest is in Chess and how to use the techniques there. I know that Simon Reinhard is doing this and a couple of other chess players so I know it is possible. I try to come up with a working system for endgames and for learning openings and key positions. This is a new approach for me because language learning is very different then Chess. I enjoy the process of figuring out how to encode the problem and make it practical, but it is a hard nut to crack for me. Also remembering strings of numbers is something that has my interest because it’s so practical.
My hobbies are Juggling, playing chess and reading and everything that has to do with brain improvement fascinates me. I hope to learn here more about techniques and to get my brain more activated and to see how much I can handle. I must say that the top memory athletes are doing things that I hardly can believe. The speed of memorizing cards and digits is just awesome and almost unbelievable. It’s exciting stuff to see what the brain can handle if you master some skills.