[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h1″ accent=”false” class=”cs-ta-center man”]Macunx – Memory Palaces in VR[/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”50px”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” class=”cs-ta-center man”]A memory palace is essentially a mental library for your thoughts and information. [/x_custom_headline][x_gap size=”50px”][x_custom_headline level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” class=”cs-ta-left man”]Imagine knowing the periodic table in the same way you know the layout of your living room, or being able to recall a president or ruler with the same effortlessness of reaching for a mug when making a cup of tea. [/x_custom_headline][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://macunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/colloseum.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]

Ancient and Medieval Memory

In the Middle Ages, people routinely memorized large and complex texts – like the Bible – not only in their entirety, but also by chapter and verse. What’s line 12 of Psalm 74? If you were trained in a monastery in medieval Europe, you’d be able to answer that question no problem.

Medieval scholars were no different to us today – they just had different training. They learned to use their innate spatial and visual memories to learn and remember texts and numbers. After the invention of printing, however, memory as a skill became a lost art.[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]

The Memory Palace

A memory palace is essentially a mental library for your thoughts and information. All of us are very adept at processing spatial and visual information. We live in a 3D world, and even simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning require the knowledge and memory of dozens of unique locations in our homes. By placing visual information inside the memory of a space, we can learn huge amounts of information very quickly.

The concept of a memory palace is at least 2000 years old, and the techniques used in the art of memory were highly developed during the medieval period in Europe. Now, we have an opportunity to use Virtual Reality technology to make memory palaces accessible to everyone.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://macunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/sliderbg.jpg” parallax=”true” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto 30px;padding: 0px 5%;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_gap size=”300px”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Mnemonics and Your Mental Library[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]Most of us are familiar with mnemonics. A mnemonic is a memory hook – some kind of association or image that makes it easier to remember a new or foreign piece of information. It is easier to remember a familiar tree than it is to remember the number 3. This is a basic example using rhyme, but the principle doesn’t change: by changing textual or numerical information into something visual and even animated, it becomes easier to remember.

Mnemonics on their own are useful tools – but there are two problems with them. The first is that every individual must create his or her own associations. It’s very difficult to pass mnemonics on from one person to another. The second issue is that when you have thousands of mnemonics to learn, it becomes difficult to keep track of them all.

If you think of a mnemonic as a book that collects and hold information, then a huge pile of several thousand books is difficult to navigate. We need to build a library.
[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_gap size=”100px”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://macunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Screenshot-2016-05-23-22.24.37.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://macunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FrenchMap.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Big and Complex Made Simple[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]The principles of memory techniques can be learned very quickly. It’s really just about applying spatial and visual habits we already use daily to learning new information. The challenge comes in applying these techniques to different kinds of big and complex subjects, from history to anatomy.

Organization makes up a huge portion of memory. If you are going to use memory techniques to learn an entire subject, you need to have all the information to hand and organized properly. Even then, it can be challenging to figure out where to put everything in your memory palace and how to structure your use of space. That’s where our guided modules come in.
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_image=”http://macunx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/hackathon-1.jpg” parallax=”true” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto 30px;padding: 0px 5%;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_gap size=”300px”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 1%, 100%)” parallax=”false” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto 30px;padding: 0px 5%;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_share title=”Share this Post” share_title=”” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”false” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”false” reddit=”true” email=”true” email_subject=”Hey, thought you might enjoy this! Check it out when you have a chance:”][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][x_gap size=”4px”][x_custom_headline level=”h1″ looks_like=”h4″ accent=”true” class=”cs-ta-left man”]All of us are very adept at processing spatial and visual information. We live in a 3D world, and even simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning require the knowledge and memory of dozens of unique locations in our homes.

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