Hey, fellow mnemonists!
I have noticed that there isn’t much info in this forum and wiki about using the same memory palace many times for long term memorization. The suggested ideas are:
Each time reusing the palace for linked info only
Each time using a different theme for that palace
Now I’d like to extend these ideas.
LociInTheSky hit the Jackpot here: since the info is already linked, putting them into loci of palace is just a tool to give them spatial relationships.
2. Another example is my garret: I can remember both of its interiors before and after its renovation. I can do this because I got familiar with the first interior (walked around, interacted with its objects) and later also with the second interioir.
In the first case we place objects into already existing loci of memory palace. Since they are quite far from each other (a meter or more for an ordinary mnemonist), the theme of the palace doesn’t change much. We use causal motion (story) to recall different lists of elements we place there.
In the second case we put big objects (furniture) into existing empty room. They are relatively close to each other and quite big, we also change the wallpaper. So the image of the room changes completely. It can be thought as the objects providing a new theme for the garret. The objects aren’t linked, they are just spatially connected. However, memorizing both the interiors would be much easier if we used stories for extra.
Now I would like to propose some new terms:
Stencil Palace – a palace that we use to give spatial relationships to data that lack of it*. We can use it repeatedly for long term memorization. We may also use the same set of loci of this palace each time, then we get the same pattern**. Each time we fill the loci of the pattern with list of info. Then this one pattern of info forms a new Memory Palace (info becomes new loci). Let’s call it (one possible***) Pattern Palace (of that Stencil Palace).
*The first resemblence to stencil - it helps us with spatial cognition, just like stencil directs our hand while drawing shapes.
**The second resemblence to stencil - just like we use stencil repeatedly to draw same pattern shapes, we can select the same set of loci each time (create the same pattern)
***“One possible” in two ways: 1. We can choose different set of loci each time and come up with different patterns. 2. Info in that pattern is unique anyway, so two Pattern Palaces (of the same Stencil Palace) can’t be identical, even if they have the same pattern
Uses of Stencil Palaces:
1. Providing spatial stucture for lists you have remembered using Mnemonic Link System (LocilnTheSky example). You can also link the list together during the placement.
2. Merging loci together into Pattern Palace (garret example).
Majority of us start making new palaces in „empty space“. In that space they can merge existing locations into a Palace, or even create the loci themselves (coming up with completely Imaniginary Palace is even harder). But why not use a Palace you already know and in that Palace do the job. It makes creating new memory palaces easier, because it provides you predetermined spatial relationships (between its loci) for the images you place there (like stencil provides you a predetermined shape). Then you can use that Palace repeateldy for creating new palaces. And as I mentioned in the garret example, you’ll memorize the Pattern Palace faster if you link its loci with each other.
Some extra techniques when using Stencil Palaces:
In case of ordinary palace the important thing is the backgrounds of the loci, which we later use to recall the images we place in the loci. But as already mentioned, in case of Stencil Palace the thing we are interested in is its space, NOT level of detail (e.g. color changing). Thus the palace itself can be somehow faded (then there’s also less chance of interference, bacause you aren’t concentrating on the loci of Stencil Palace, but instead on the info you place there). You can then add a different theme for each Pattern Palace you create (already before starting to build it). Then recalling linked info will be even easier.
If you use one Stencil Palace to create more than two or three Pattern Palaces then in order to recall them all you should place them into another palace (you make a Massive Memory Palace out of your Pattern Palaces) (you could even place them into the loci of their parent Stencil Palace and link them together there :-D). For example you have a palace with 9 loci (best if they had completely different backgrounds, e.g they could all be different rooms (empty rooms, if you wish) – you get 9 different themes), in each you put the replica of the Stencil Palace and then fill each stencil palace with images (similar to gavino’s imaginative floor method, with the difference that the rooms are real).
I use the same technique for my episodic memory palaces. I have Very Big Stencil Palace, which’s replicas I have in 12 loci.Each replica I fill with images of one month. Although images of the same day are already quite well linked (my Story of that day), I still use some extra linking to be sure I don’t forget it. And I definitely have to link the images of the adjacent days together.