Part 1: Introductory Articles
The Giordano Memorization System (GMS®)
Welcome to the "Giordano Memorization System", a system created in 1990 by Vladimir A. Kozarenko. It is the most developed, comprehensive, and practical system for memorization mastery. It is specifically designed for efficient memorization of everyday's useful information, including the information we encounter while studying different subjects. Unlike other memorization systems, GMS® is free of excessive procedures and inefficient techniques.
GMS® is the streamlined, efficient result of lengthy systematic research. Its practical basis applies principles of classic mnemonics with elements from the Giordano Bruno memorization system. The theoretical foundation of GMS is an original model of memory that was further developed on the basis of a modern conception of the quasiholographic nature of the brainís work.
After this compilation and research, we systemized and refined mnemonic techniques used by different memorization systems and schools around the world and then integrated them into a complete system that complies with the three main mastery criteria: simplicity, universality, and efficiency.
"Simplicity" means that the methods of memorization are both straightforward and easy to master with respect to understanding the principles of their use. By "universality", we mean that the system allows a student to memorize almost any type of information. Finally, the "efficiency" aspect guarantees that a practitioner will have full control over both the memorization process and storage of information in the brain.
GMS® is primarily aimed at the memorization of logically interconnected information which, for instance, can be phone numbers and addresses, names, precise dates and geographical locations, anecdotes and encyclopaedic data, texts, and written lectures and speeches. The system also allows you to remember seemingly unrelated and illogical information Ė sets of words, random numbers, maps and any combination of letters.
The majority of people do not understand that mnemonic techniques are just a small part of the scope needed for one to truly be able to memorize efficiently. The important things are: forming the memorization skill, achieved through methodical mastering of each individual technique; performing auxiliary psycho-technical exercises meant for the development of visual thinking and improving attention span; and gaining meticulous control of nutrition, which influences not only the mindís ability to work but, also, a personís general health as well.
One of the most common misconceptions about practising mnemonics is that it is easy to overload oneís brain with too much information. "A Little Book about a Vast Memory", by A.R. Luria, contributed to the propagation of this erroneous opinion. Written by the young psychologist, the book depicts the memory capabilities of mnemonics practitioner Shereshevsky. He allegedly suffered from constant headaches due to having to constantly focus on the wealth of data he was memorizing. The actual reason for these headaches would now be very difficult to diagnose. Certainly, our brains are not able to be overloaded with information: the information we have memorized only appears to take up space in our brain when it is actually being recalled. In other words, unless it is being recalled, it does not exist.
The fatigue that can appear during in the process of mental exercises is not a result of having a memory overload but is, instead, due to the general weariness our bodies naturally feel after performing any action that requires a certain amount of effort and expenditure of energy.