Create stronger memories
Create stronger memories using your five senses. It’s that simple. Add colour, sound, smell, touch and taste to your mental pictures to encode information into long term memory. You don’t have to add all the senses into the one image every time, but it will make the image and the memory stronger if you do.
For example. You need to remember to take your dog “Fluffy” to the dog groomer. And the dog groomer can only fit you in at five o’ clock which means that you need to leave work at 4 o’ clock, collect Fluffy and take her to have her coat groomed.
Here we have 3 things to remember. You need to:
1. Leave work at 4pm.
2. Collect Fluffy.
3. Bring Fluffy to the dog groomer at 5pm.
A strong mental image might look something like this.
You imagine a large clock sitting beside you at work. It’s 6 foot in diameter and dressed in a black suit, with a Trilby hat, black tie and dark sunglasses. It has eyes, (hidden behind the sunglasses) a nose and a mouth and it looks angry. The hands on the clock are clenched fists and point to the 4 and the 12.
“It’s 4pm dummy. Time to go home.” Screams the clock. The hands on the clock reach out and grab hold of you. Under the Trilby, the clock alarm begins to ring, only it sounds exactly like a dog barking. It sounds like Fluffy.
The clock pushes you out the door and into your car.
You imagine yourself picking Fluffy up from home and taking her to the dog groomer. Beside you the clock sits in the passenger seat of your car holding Fluffy on its lap. Fluffy is holding a huge pair of steel scissors and a red comb in her mouth. She’s excited, bouncing up and down.
“We need to be there by 5pm. Hurry up dummy.” Screams the clock.
Create Stronger Memories Using your Five Senses.
The strongest memories you have are the ones that were formed by vivid images. Sometimes those images were violent, emotional, loud, bright. Other times it was the way something felt or tasted.
The more powerful and vivid the image you create, the more lasting the memory. Make the image violent, sexual or absurd. Create motion and make the images you wish to remember very small or very big. Bang things together, turn them upside down. Link your images together in a way that is memorable and meaningful.
Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell
In the above example we created an image that consisted of a talking clock. We used colour by dressing the clock in a black suit. We gave it emotion by making it look angry.
We added sound by having the clock shout and turned the alarm into Fluffy’s barking.
We used touch by imagining the clock grabbing you and pushing you out the door.
In the car Fluffy is sitting on the clocks lap, holding steel scissors and a red comb in her mouth. So we have both colour and absurdity as well as a visual reminder for the dog groomer.
And finally, we have sound again with the clock screaming out the time.
We tied each image together by using locations: your work, your home and your car to create a logical progression.
The only two senses we didn’t use in this example was taste and smell, but while they weren’t necessary for this example, we could have added them easily.
To create stronger memories, use your five senses. Make your images big, bold, and bright. Use light, colour and sound, touch and taste to make your images strong. Use violent movements, powerful emotions and symbolic images to enhance each memory.
Remember to practice. In time you’ll get so good at creating images that it will only take you a second to come up with and encode a memory with an image.