The regularities of memory functioning become obvious when one uses the GMS® system to memorize. The knowledge of these regularities allows one to avoid mistakes during memorization and makes the process more effective.
Association Erasure Effect
This is expressed in two forms:
First, when a created association is not activated, it is erased spontaneously. Thus, connections created only once begin to deconstruct after about an hour. This effect allows for performing a large number of training exercises. All memorized data (connections) is automatically erased.
Second, only one connection can be created with one image. If you can memorize 60 random numbers on 60 support objects and, the next day, you memorize another 60 numbers on the same images, you will not remember the first ones.
If you want further details with regard to this interesting effect, you will need to examine the electric connection creation scheme. The point is that previous connections are not erased; they simply become unavailable for remembering. In reality, one image can be connected to tens of other images. Yet, to read these connections, you will need to use special memorization and anamnesis techniques. In order to read these multiple connections of one image, a special association technique for singling out an association basis (the main technique of the present system) and the ”Matrix” memorization technique were developed. Even so, the spontaneous erasure effect remains in force, and the memorized data has to be fixed in the memory.
Information is erased spontaneously or under the influence of other information in the brain. The effect is easy to observe when memorizing 30 or more information units. This effect is used in GMS® study course. As a result of this effect, one can memorize new data in exercises by connecting them with one of the same support images. The previous information is erased. For a long-term memorization, you need to keep this effect in mind - and avoid using support images that are already occupied.
The Associative Chain Turning Effect
This effect is observed during anamnesis. If, during the memorization process, a person is distracted, he or she will no longer be able to remember the place where they stopped and, hence, will need to go back to the sequence start point. Sometimes fast flashes of images can be seen in the imagination when a person is disturbed. The chain of images, after having revolved, stops on the last image.
During a delayed memorization, after one or two months, (if a person did not have the goal to repeat things intentionally), when a person remembers the first word of a chain, the first two or three words are usually remembered as well, along with only a couple of the very last words. Other chain images are never remembered again (even when given a hint). Meanwhile, after memorization, a student could reproduce the whole set of (60-100) images effortlessly.
This effect is somewhat similar to the one described in the H. Ebbinghaus “Edge Effect” book. In this case, it is observed during delayed memorization. In my opinion, the importance of the effect is much more significant than usually believed.
This can hinder intentional memorization, since a deletion of the previously recorded images occurs. The erasure effect is easy to neutralize, however. Breaking an information sequence into small pieces of no more than 5 images in each, instead of memorizing long sequences of images, is enough. In the “Giordano Memorization System,” memorization of long sequences is not used at all. The main memorization method is to create associations. In an association, any sequence is limited to two images.
The brain does not sacrifice information in vain. I believe that this effect is one of the mechanisms that helps the brain to automatically form turned-down reaction programs (like that of the “If…then…” type). Intermediate links between “if” and “then” are erased in order to speed up the response reaction. Thanks to this mechanism, the brain can form constructions (J. Kelly’s theory of Personality Constructs) which organize themselves into complicated, hierarchic construct systems and, basically, comprise a global reaction program whereby a person constructs his/her behavior accordingly (consciously and unconsciously).
I also think that the main part of turning down the associative chains is performed by the brain while asleep. Compression occurs in every analytical system separately; it is a well-known fact that, during sleep, both speech and visual analyzers are separated and function separately – thoughts meander and mingle when a person falls asleep). The brain shows the results of information compression as dreams. One of our dream functions might be the recording of the “archived” information into the brain.
First Image Effect
Doubts about the choice of image often appear during memorization. The correct one is usually the first one to appear, even if you feel certain it is an incorrect image.
Immediate Anamnesis Effect
First, information is grasped by the brain as a combination of visual images. Later, if you use the active repetition method, the memorized data will be remembered in the form that it was perceived when first memorized. It is extremely important to achieve this effect when studying foreign languages and their sign systems.
Associative Anamnesis Effect
This effect is easy to observe: it becomes evident in the fact that one perceived image instantly causes additional information to appear, according to the previously created connections.
The possibility of remembering all the information messages containing a stimulating element (for instance, the number 35) must also be related to this effect.
GMS® demonstrates that the human memory works according to one principle: “Stimulus – Reaction.” A reaction to a stimulus can be a separate image, an association, or a little program, i.e. a sequence of reactions, such as a phrase.