How the Ancient 'Method of Loci' Can Improve Your Long-Term Memory

A study finds that just 30 minutes of memory training per day, for 40 days, can reorganize your brain connectivity.

The temporal lobe (orange) is involved with smell and sound, the processing of speech and vision, and plays a key role in the formation of long-term memory.

Life would be a lot sweeter if you were a memory athlete. From the small details like where you put your keys, to the more important matters like PIN codes, trivia nights, and work-specific information recall, you would be set for success. Most of us however, are not wired that way. But don't be discouraged: thanks to neuroplasticity, anyone can transcend their fallible memory. What you're born with isn't what you're stuck with. 

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