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Free resources exploring memory techniques as learning tools | from medical students Cathy Chen and 2x world memory champion Alex Mullen.
Free resources exploring memory techniques as learning tools | from medical students Cathy Chen and 2x world memory champion Alex Mullen.

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Time flies when you're hunched over your dinner table memorizing cards for an hour. Training for 2015 WMC in 30s: youtu.be/Ga2kNliIDTg

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Alex had the recent fortune of interviewing Wang Feng, a Chinese 2x world memory champion and the first non-European to win. He is a true legend in the memory sports world. They discuss his interest in memory techniques, his training habits and advice, his systems, and life after two world championships. Hope you enjoy! This is a big one! Read here: bit.ly/2oGxxVe
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What's our experience with cleaning out palaces? Spoiler... We don't. Here's why: ow.ly/MMyk30aSab6
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Here's a question we've gotten a lot recently: Do you ever erase palaces or actively clean them of old images? Here's our experience: ow.ly/MMyk30aSab6

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I was lucky enough to go back to China for another appearance on 最强大脑 ("The Brain" TV Show). Pretty nuts, it's like the #1 show there! Thank you to the producers for having me back! This time I was up against... get this... an artificial intelligence robot nicknamed "Xiao Du." The "Du" comes from its makers, the folks at Bai Du search engine (the Chinese equivalent of Google).

My challenge had to be robot-friendly, and since Xiao Du would no doubt flatten me in any conceivable memory task, it had to be something outside my usual memory skill set. Here's what they settled on: Using a photo of one middle-aged couple, I had to pick their 20-year-old daughter out of a lineup of 40 random girls. All Chinese families, mind you. If it sounds impossible, that's because it was! Other than studying eyes and ears and face shape (and then choosing mostly on gut anyway), I had next to no idea what I was doing. But I did my best, and luckily it could've ended worse!

One of the great things about going back was that Cathy and my sister-in-law Dora both came with me, and we had much more time to explore Nanjing, which is an awesome city. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Etna8INCXXg?t=28m27s

(This was my first episode on the show : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjzlaefj2A)
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This past month I had the privilege of traveling to Nanjing, China, to participate on The Brain TV show (known locally as 最强大脑, literally "the strongest brain"). Memory competitors have for years been competing on the show, now in its fourth season, so I was excited to take part. I competed in a challenge alongside the legendary 2x world champ Wang Feng, who has been a fixture on the show since season one. When I first began with memory techniques, he was one of those larger-than-life figures of memory sports lore. Our challenge involved memorizing info about airline flights (take-off and landing times, origin and destination cities, and flight numbers of 50 flights). The episode, broadcast in China Friday night, may be difficult to understand for non-Chinese speaking viewers, but hopefully the snappy sound effects and crazy visuals are enough to keep you entertained! It was a good time!

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Are you looking to memorize equations? Here's an updated discussion, with an example of how Alex would memorize the simple equation 4/3 pi r^3:

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For any mnemonic beginners looking to add memory techniques to their learning strategy, here's an updated beginner's guide to getting the most from Mullen Memory's content: what videos to watch, when to watch them, how to go from zero to mnemonist.

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We've got a new--albeit very foundational--question of the week for you, one we've been getting a lot of recently: What are the key strengths of using palaces as a learning tool? Why palaces and not just images? Read our answer here:

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New video! Alex discusses learning Chinese vocab. Building on earlier blogs, he walks through a learning session: ow.ly/umk2308T62h
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