Mullen Memory

The Basics

Congrats on taking the first step towards adding memory palaces to your learning strategies toolbox. We use memory palaces to boost our retention of material for almost every subject in medical school. The techniques are not a panacea for learning. Using memory palaces still requires hard work, creativity, and critical thinking. That said, we believe they can be powerful assets to a balanced learning strategy. Memory palaces are based on two concepts: (1) visualizing information as an image, and (2) storing that image in a “memory palace.” Palaces are physical locations, real or invented, which you can see in your mind’s eye. You mentally “walk” through this location to recall the information. This basic technique springs from humans’ natural strengths for remembering images and locations (rather than abstract things like names and numbers).