Ancient Greeks and Romans Used a Powerful Formula for Gaining Super Memory

Ancient Greeks and Romans Used a Powerful Formula for Gaining Super Memory

Let’s face it: having a good memory is very hard in our technological world. Stress, depression, having too much stuff to do, and God knows what else all contribute to us having trouble keeping pace with a lot of things. Let’s not also forget (speaking of forgetting things) that the AI from our laptops and smartphones is always making us tend to forget about things. You know, if you want to do something for the weekend, for instance, you can just ask your Google Assistant to set a reminder. There’s no need to make an effort to remember it.

But just in case you want to impress your friends with your aptitude for remembering stuff, you can check out what Ancient Greeks and Romans used to do about that. While we’re pretty sure that those folks didn’t have smartphones nor AI, they were a lot more pragmatic than that.

The “memory palace” technique should do the trick

The “memory palace” technique is the one in question for gaining super memory, as revealed by It implies using daily training of 40 minutes for 40 days. It seems that even a person with average memory skills can even double them by using the technique.

Researchers led by Martin Dresler, who’s an assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Radboud University Medical Center from Nijmegen, did an experiment upon 51 volunteers.

The participants used two mnemonic techniques for four months, and it has been shown that they were able to remember 62 terms from 72 that were given. At the beginning of the study, the same participants were able to remember only 26 of the 72 terms.

What’s for sure is that the world can surely work without apps, AI, and all that highly sophisticated tech stuff that we all use. The question is, who would be disposed to even try living without them nowadays?


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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