Artificial associations can be monomodal and heteromodal, just like natural associations.
Monomodal association is a connection only between visual images, a connection created within the visual analytical system.
Heteromodal associations in GMS® are connections between different analytical systems. As you already know, connection between different analytical systems is automatic and is called a reflex. That is why such connections are created intentionally only when memorizing certain types of information: foreign words, signs, and figurative codes. Such connections are created using intentional “input” of signals from visual analyzers, speech analyzers, and movement analyzers within one moment of time. Other analyzers (modalities) are not being utilized in intentional memorization.
Artificial association is an artificial connection. Anyone can control the recording process in their brain. If we take visual images as an example, we only need to connect two or more visual images to turn on the “Memory” process. At this moment, very fast, simultaneously working “nerve cell electric activity synchronization” occurs, with the cells generating the images in your imagination. The time needed to create artificial associations is equal to the time needed to fix connections in electric memory, roughly 1 to 6 seconds.
Pay attention to the fact that artificial associations have nothing artificial in them. A natural (and unique) mechanism of quick connection fixation is used. When you create a connection between images in your imagination, you simply imitate the natural process of perception of connected images. You imagine them as if they were connected previously. The brain is “tricked,” because it does not care whether you actually see the connected objects or connect them in your imagination. Remember, we know this is possible because of our dreams when asleep. In both cases, a signal is put into a visual analyzer. The presence of such connections between different contours is a signal for memorizing the connection.
Heteromodal artificial associations are used to memorize foreign words, signs, and figurative codes. To create a connection between signals from different analytical systems, these systems need to work simultaneously for about 3-4 days. Thus, when you imagine a visual image, you need to label it and write its name on the image itself.
The concept of “artificial association” is the key concept in GMS®. Usually, only the connections between visual images are created to memorize things. GMS® gives you an edge by taking that extra step further.
One can easily read about logical and illogical connections in books on memory training. Authors state that, to increase memorization skills, you need to create illogical connections. Apparently, they do not understand the word “logical” quite correctly.
As you know, every connection is logical. Logic IS the connection: one thing leading to or resulting from another.
Another thing is that there are COMMON connections that we see between the objects of the surrounding world and UNCOMMON connections we do not encounter during the course of an average day. A sandwich is an example of a common connection (bread and cheese); a fried egg with nails is an example of an uncommon connection.
A connection can be correct (adequate) and incorrect (false), but this is related to education prior life experience, and even culture. For instance, “If a cat crosses your path, something bad will happen” is a false connection. Maybe this is the sense that authors put into their words when they write about logical and illogical connections? Maybe what they understand by “illogical” is false, incorrect? It gets rather confusing, doesn’t it? Regardless, they do not bother to explain their understanding of “logic.”
The essence of connections remembered is of absolutely no meaning for your brain. The visual analytical system distinguishes among and fixes connections. If there is a connection, it is fixed. No connection = nothing to memorize.
Authors of books on memory training often write about emotions. They claim that the more emotion-filled the material you memorize is, the better and faster it will be memorized. This is incorrect.
When you memorize a sequence of a hundred numbers, you will not have the time to think about emotions. Every distraction from the process will sharply decrease memorization speed and quality. Every emotion (which actually is an attention distraction) has to be suppressed when memorizing.
Forget about the “logical” and “illogical” connections, as well as emotions when memorizing – they are subjective. When memorizing, your brain only cares about connections.