The U.S. Memory Championships

| March 22, 2011

This past Saturday (March 12, 2011) the 14th USA Memory Championship was held at Con Edison in New York City. Do you think you have what it takes to be next year’s MA (mental athlete)?

Here’s what the competitors had to endure….

  • “15 minutes to memorize 117 color photos of different people with a first and second name written below each picture.”
  • “5 minutes to memorize a list of computer generated numbers which are presented in rows of 20 digits with 25 rows per page.”
  • “Recall a single pack of 52 playing cards in the shortest possible time.”
  • “15 minutes to memorize a previously unpublished poem.”

…and those were just the qualifying events…

This leads to the following question: What can I do to become a mental athlete?  How do these people do it?

Well, there are a lot of articles out there about the many techniques involved, some that strive to share the power foods necessary to help you easily remember and others that share mnemonic techniques, along with other interesting ideas (I’ve shared those websites below).

On the Web:

Books at TC related to memory improvement

Hershey High School and memory practice

USA Memory Championship

Memory Training Techniques