Educators, this is your chance to teach creative thinking in combination with learning and memory. When I first started studying the Art of Memory I was struck with the obvious realization that it was the exact same thing I was reading about in books on creativity. This realization, no doubt, was probably brought to my attention at first by Tony Buzan in his book Use Your Perfect Memory. All of the best books and articles, both academic and popular, related to defining and exemplifying creativity share an eery parallel resemblance to mnemonic techniques. To be a highly skilled mnemonist, capable of memorizing anything, one must be flexible, fluid, original, and elaborate in creating reminiscent cues for storage and retrieval. Likewise, to be a highly creative thinker, one must also be flexible, fluid, original, and elaborate with innovative ideas. Many of you, no doubt, were introduced to this idea in Joshua Foer’s book Moonwalking with Einstein, when he quotes Tony Buzan.
Some day there will be a study done by cognitive psychologists to measure the creative thinking ability before, and after, several weeks of training in mnemonics. When that study is done, I am certain they will score significantly higher on all measures of creativity.
Anyone else have further thoughts and insights into this matter? Please share.