The Ancient Greeks and Romans had a clever trick for remembering things called the “method of loci” (or the “memory palace”). Here’s how it works: “If you have a string of things you want to remember, take a room you know and remember really well, then mentally place each one thing you want to remember in the room,” says Robert Clark, a researcher at the neurological foundations of memory at UC San Diego. For example, if you’re trying to remember a phone number, visualize one number by the TV, another next to it by the guitar, the next by the door, and so on. “You can make an association like that very easily, so when you’re away from the room and want to remember those things, you can take a mental walk around the room and remember each more definitively,” Clark says.
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