[PODCAST] #432: Memory Conditioning – Introduction – Information Overload


In this introduction to our exploration of memory improvement strategies, I discuss the problem of information overload (or "Data Smog"), the motivations for pursuing this topic, the importance of doing a memory self-assessment, an outline for this series and the power of attention.

verb, gerund or present participle: conditioning
bring (something) into the desired state for use.

Our conditioning will be broken into three phases:
Registration (learning, capture), retention (processing, storage), recollection (making it useful at the ideal time)

Series Motivations
- My memory problems
- teaching history - Zinn's A Peoples' History of the United States - cultural or social memory problems
- SAT tutoring experience - method over memory, rote and repetition
- Evernote and GTD: an over-reliance on methods and devices?

The keys and obstacles to a strong memory
- combining a high level of attention with a controlled distribution of attention
- there is no bad memory panacea
- there is a clear problem though; it affects us and it will probably affect our children even more: a very widely-distributed low level of attention

- "how good is my memory?" is not the right question
- is memory a natural ability or lack thereof?
- memory is not uniform, there is a variety of memory tasks
- Break your assessment into 4 categories: Knowledge, Events, intentions, actions

A list of reliable online memory assessments:
University of Washington Short-Term Memory Test
MemTrax Memory Test
Psychology Today Memory Test
Rutgers University Memory Self-Tests (verbal and Visual)
Ohio State University Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE)

You can also use this comprehensive assessment from Douglas Herrmann's book Super Memory.

Look Closer:
Beyond History and Memory: New Perspectives in Memory Studies - http://www.academia.edu/3700328/Beyond_History_and_Memory_New_Perspectives_in_Memory_Studies
Information Fatigue Syndrome - http://paginaspersonales.deusto.es/abaitua/konzeptu/fatiga.htm#Lewis
Information overload - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_overload

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