Sequential Memory Linking
Memory linking is an accelerated learning method that can be traced all the way back to the early Greeks. Back then, public speakers had the ability to remember tremendous quantities of information and relay it to the waiting crowds. How did they do it? They did it by linking their stories together with the help of visual metaphors.
Today, experts in child development and accelerated learning call this technique, "Image Memory Training", "Memory Linking" or "Clustering." Today, it's used in hundreds of schools throughout Asia with tremendous success. (Throughout this topic, we'll refer to this technique as "Memory Linking.") Using this method develops the imaging power of the right brain mind, helping you naturally gain access to the same creative resources that geniuses tap into.
10 year-old Christopher playing one of the animated sequential memory linking games, Silly Story. Click here
As odd as it may sound, memory linking also helps children become accustomed to thinking habits that go beyond common sense logic. According to experts, developing "out-of-the-box" thought processes accesses right brain imaging power and ignites abilities that can lead to great discoveries or unique solutions to problems that defy logical reasoning. I've seen children (who have been using this method regularly) come up with the most incredible creative and ingenious ideas that I certainly couldn't have figured out. Try it yourself!
One way to utilize this method is explained by Dr. Shichida, Director of over 400 Child Academies in Japan: "In our classrooms," he says, "the teacher places 10 different pictographic cards on a whiteboard. The student starts to connect the cards to each other with a story, which creates a picture in the mind facilitating memorization." He says with practice, "Students no longer need the verbal connections. They can easily remember 40 to 50 images. For many kids even 100 cards aren't a problem."
We have over 760 large and small full-color photographic quality cards in five different categories that you can use with our entertaining sequential memory card games. Courtesy of Mercury Learning Systems LLC. Click here
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Don Campbell, in his book, Rhythms of Learning, says of Memory Linking: "While short-term memories can be stored as images, they are often stored by sound, especially in the recall of words and letters. In general, short-term memory has the ability to hold about seven bits of information. When related groups of information are bonded together, they may be remembered as one bit of information, and the volume that can be stored increases."
Silly Story sequential linking memory computer games are part of the Memory Magic Deluxe games CD recommended below.
In our research, we found that when humor or silliness are utilized with memory linking, almost anyone can remember 100 or more objects in perfect sequential order and usually very quickly.
That's when we came up with the game, Silly Story. We found that telling children funny nonsensical stories to tie images together proved a very effective way of teaching anyone (even the very young) to accurately remember large amounts of information in sequential order.
In addition, we discovered that using this method daily with children has helped them increase creativity, develop insight, exceptional memory, intuition and greater depth of knowledge.
Games to improve your memory like this use an ancient but simple concept. Yet in practice it can net very positive results in children and adults when used according to recommendations.
Below, you'll find computer and online memory games and memory card games that use this accelerated learning method.
So go have some fun, get a little goofy and you can become a super genius!
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