Many myths exist about people with phenomenal memory. When you scrutinize them, it often appears that those phenomenal people are students who studied memorization techniques whose abilities are within the average or even lower range of what the GMS® has to offer.
GMS® allows you to achieve astonishing results. Memorization ability can be increased 60 times and more when compared with the norm. Such fantastic results prove that memorization skills have reached a totally new level. The results become obvious when you compare your trained abilities with your starting point. Our natural ability to memorise has its limits. Our brain memorizes only visual information along with the audible data that accompanies it. In order to learn to memorize anything else, you need to study mnemonics with the same level of determination as we put forth when we learn how to read and write.
After you have formed the memorization skills, your memorization speed for figurative codes (the previously memorized images for frequently repeated elements) will be about 6 seconds per each element on average.
This means that you will be able to memorize 20 two-digit numbers in two minutes and 200 two-digit numbers in 20 minutes. Memorizing one phone number is equal to memorizing four elements – which is about 24 seconds!
The memorization speed for the elements of other types of information which also need to be encoded into visual images (new words, terms, names, notions) is much slower. For high-quality memorization of a concept, you might need several minutes.
Memorization speed depends highly on your skill for encoding information into visual images and associations.
Memorization volume equals the amount of elements you can memorize in one setting.
Memorization volume is limited not only by speed but also by your brains' stamina. When you memorize 100 two-digit numbers in ten minutes, you will need to take a break.
The volume of memorized information can be compared to the number of push-ups you can do. Let’s say you can do ten push ups. After some training, you can increase the number of push-ups to 50, but your muscles will still get tired. Now, if you can do ten sets of 50 push-ups each, you will end up doing 500 of them and feel so tired that you might need to take a day off.
This example shows you that memorization volume can be increased. Increasing your volume 20 times more than the norm is more than sufficient for the practical use of memorization techniques. If you can learn to memorize 100 elements at one time, e.g. 100 two-digit numbers, words, syllables etc., it will be sufficient for the practical use of GMS®.
Again, the volume of memorized information is limited by your memorization speed and the weariness that is inevitable in the process of memorization.
Memorization quality is equivalent to the number of correct answers you can give right after memorization. GMS® can help you achieve high, almost ideal, memorization accuracy. According to the “Giordano Memorization System,” norm equals no more than 10% of error is allowed. If you make just 11 mistakes when memorizing 100 numbers, then the test is failed. Mistakes within the 10% range are regarded as occasional. They can be corrected through repeated memorization of the forgotten elements.
Memorization reliability means that you can store information in your head for a long time: days, weeks, months, years, or even decades.
You can also regulate the storage time for the memorized material. You can memorize 100 numbers and read them back from memory without a single mistake but, if you do not perform a special exercise at this point, you will not be able to reproduce the numbers the next day.
New information should be reviewed, and then affixed for the long-term storage. You do not need the information source to review the information - the information is reviewed by recollection.
If you memorize data that you need to use the following day, the information memorization process will automatically retain it in your brain.
GMS® can make it possible to effectively store relatively large volumes of information in your brain – information that is seldom used, but may be necessary at some point.
What is the volume of information that can be memorized? GMS® will allow you to memorize absolutely everything that you would normally write down in notebooks or on a cheat sheet.
GMS® memorization is similar to stenography and summarizing - with the record made directly into your brain.
You only record the most important and essential data; then the sense of it with its wording is fixed in the memory. GMS® memorization ensures very deep understanding of the memorized material. When it comes to memorizing precise information i.e. dates, numbers, names, terms, etc., GMS® guarantees absolutely literal memorization of data.
Information organization in the brain
GMS® allows you to memorize information in a certain sequence. Memorization does not make much sense without this skill, since memorizing a phone number is all about memorizing the right sequence of familiar ciphers.
Information is memorized consecutively and can be recalled in direct or reverse orders.
Fixation of a sequence during memorization is a technical necessity. This does not mean, however, that you will later have to run through all the information in your head. You will easily answer questions in chronological order without paging through all the dates in your memory. Memorizing a sequence is necessary to fix the information smoothly into your memory - by viewing it in your imagination during the first days after memorization. A sequence can be set aside after such fixation, and you will simply remember the information. It becomes part of your conscious mind.
GMS® also allows you to create a structure. Thus, when you memorize a conceptual system of a discipline, you will be able to fix not only the sense and the names of concepts new to you, but also their hierarchical organization.
You can build branching tree-like structures in your memory in the same way you organize folders on the computer.
Do not view GMS® as phenomenal memory itself, but rather as a memory tool. It provides you with the means for precise memorization. It helps organize a warehouse in your head, much like a cheat sheet or notes organized by volume and subject.
Using GMS® requires constant work with our memory- similar to keeping a diary. If you want your diary to be complete and exciting, you need to make notes every day and sometimes reread them.
Forming a memorization skill does not mean that the information will be memorized by itself. You need to put some effort to it - intentionally operate your attention and use mental algorithms (memorization techniques).
When you train one function of your body, you train other functions as well. If you build your body, you also train your coronary system, character, thinking, etc. People become more positive and more satisfied with their lives - which results in better social interactions as well as improvement of overall wellbeing.
Positive effects of GMS®
Your unintentional (automatic) memorization improves.
If the volume of memorized information is small, it seems that the information is memorized spontaneously without any special effort. Memorization skills become automatic on a subliminal level. This is about the same as you turning on a light in a dark room - you do it without thinking.
Everyday forgetfulness disappears.
Everyday forgetfulness can be a serious problem. Thanks to the GMS®, I do not suffer from it. I always remember where I put the keys and in which coat I left my wallet.
Memory sensibility is improved.
What is memory sensibility? It is the ability of your brain (imagination) to instantly react to perceived stimuli. Memory sensibility is trained through performing GMS® exercises. It has a big impact on your ability to recall the memorized data.
Increasing your memory sensibility is also connected to memories from the past. You will be able to recall the events of your past more easily.
You can check your memory sensibility right now. I will show you how to do it and how it works.
Look at the objects in your house. Can you remember where and when you bought the things around you?
When I am looking at a set of cutlery, I see a street kiosk with “University” written above it. I bought the set in the evening, on the 20th of August of 1996 (I was wearing a light coat, which I’d purchased for only $20).
When I am looking at my phone, I remember how I bought it from a friend and what a bargain it was. The phone’s ringer really irritated my friend, but I did not mind it; to me, it was OK.
There are numerous examples of such recollection when you look at the things that surround you in your own home.
This is how it normally works. If you cannot remember those little things, your memory sensibility is lower than it is supposed to be. Look at the objects around you and try to test your memory sensibility by recalling dates, events, people, etc. related to them.
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