Scientists provide us with new data which could help anyone train their brain to become a super memorizer. Alex Mullen has an incredible memory. He is the reigning World Memory Champion who can memorize a pack of cards in only 17 seconds. However, in some ways, he is just a normal being who is as forgetful as anybody else.
Mullen, who is also a medical student at the University of Mississippi, he argues that he forgets many necessary things despite his ability to memorize something very fast. Usually, memory athletes can remember hundreds or thousands of random stuff, like numbers, images, and words. This may seem unbelievable to observers.
Nevertheless, according to a new study, anyone can train her or his brain by using some tricks which can transform them into super memorizers. They may use the same methods as the top competitors of the world, remodeling the networks in their brain. To develop this study, scientists recruited 23 top memory athletes of the world, and they have compared their brains with those of people who never used memory tricks.
Then, scientists requested some of the rookies to undergo several memory training programs. In the end, specialists analyzed how their brains changed. The more the newcomers practiced those memory techniques, the more their brain scans resembled the ones of memory athletes. Martin Dresler, a neuroscientist at Radboud University in the Netherlands and also the lead author of this study, claimed that these amazing memory skills are not inborn.
It is all about practicing. Mullen, who is a relative rookie who was not involved in the study, was not surprised by the performance of other newcomers. He stated that before becoming a memory athlete, he felt like his memory was not so good and he decided to use some memory tricks to help it. We may always believe that we are not able to do some things, but if we put our minds to it, we may succeed what at first looked like an impossible thing.
Boris Nikolai Konrad, a memory athlete and a researcher in Dresler’s laboratory, expected to reveal an expanded hippocampus in the brain of memory athletes. Nevertheless, the brains of these super memorizers were no different from the ones of the beginners. We should not forget that practice is always the key to achieve something which may seem impossible.
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