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Critically Speaking

Nov 18, 2020

In this episode, Therese Markow and Dr. Boris Konrad discuss the striking impact of memorization on functional changes and connectivity in the brain. Dr. Konrad is a neuroscientist as well as an international Memory Champion. He not only studies brain connectivity, but also trains other memory athletes as well as those who simply wish to improve their memories. They discuss more specific aspects of memorization and its benefits across a range of other activities and problem solving, independent of the particular memorization training utilized. Dr. Konrad summarizes his recent study, published in the journal Neuron, and the techniques used to train the brain to improve memory. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • Memorization and memory is not a part of the brain, it is a function of the brain. It is a capability of our brain and our neural system. 
  • Without exception, memory athletes use the method of loci (colloquially called the “memory palace”) as a technique to memorize and remember information. 
  • Memory training actually decreases the brain activity needed to complete a range of tasks.

"Learning and thinking in your brain are not separate. We don’t have a thinking brain and a learning brain; it’s exactly one brain which does both." —  Dr. Boris Konrad

Connect with Dr. Boris Konrad:
Donders Institute: Dr B.N. Konrad (Boris)
Memory Training: Superbrain! Memory Training with Boris Konrad    
How to use memory techniques to improve education
The mind and methods of a Memory Champion

Connect with Therese:


Twitter: @CritiSpeak




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