Mullen Memory’s Question of the Week: Should I reuse palaces to learn new information?
For short-term information (e.g. day-to-day info), yes. I keep a few palaces on hand and “overwrite” my images again and again when I want to memorize something quickly. This is also what I do for competition. When learning for the long-term, however, I never reuse palaces I’ve already filled (unless I’ve decided I don’t care to remember the original information). I want the information I encode at each locus to permanently remain there for review and retrieval. Overwriting it with more information interferes with my ability to do that because both old and new images will be in the same locus. In my experience, that’s just confusing and unnecessary. This method means I have to keep making new palaces. For tips on brainstorming palaces, check out video #1 here: http://mullenmemory.com/refine-your-technique.