Learning to use the Memory Palace technique
March 20, 2011 9:25 AM   Subscribe

Can mefites please recommend a good book or other resource on the Memory Palace technique? Older is fine--if there is some seminal tome about this particular memory technique, I'd love to know about it!
posted by maize to Education (7 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
It's probably not what you're looking for, but I recall reading "The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci" while researching Marco Polo. It's the only longer form treatment of the concept that I've ever seen, though I can't say I spent a lot of time looking for more...
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 9:33 AM on March 20, 2011

There is a new book out by Joshua Foer (Times Sunday magazine excerpt) about these kinds of memory techniques.
posted by Forktine at 10:02 AM on March 20, 2011

Best answer: Art of Memory by Francis Yates is a classic
posted by canoehead at 10:03 AM on March 20, 2011 [4 favorites]

I was drawn to Moonwalking With Einstein because of the cover, which I'm pretty sure is an offhanded reference to the memory palace. It doesn't look like the seminal tome you mentioned, but it is real world experiences with memory techniques by someone who isn't trying to peddle any particular method.
posted by redsparkler at 10:58 AM on March 20, 2011

Oh, yes, and Joshua Foer is the author of Moonwalking with Einstein.
posted by redsparkler at 10:58 AM on March 20, 2011

Best answer: Mary Carruthers, The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture is the standard historical account. See also Mary Carruthers and Jan M. Ziolkowski, The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures.

Another classic study of memory is A.R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory, in which Luria, a Russian neuropsychologist, describes his encounters with Solomon Shereshevsky. As Mary Carruthers shows, Shereshevsky had independently rediscovered the medieval art of memory, even though both he and Luria were unaware of it.
posted by verstegan at 2:25 PM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Re Yates above , it's Frances not Francis. I recall now I read it because it was referenced in Eco's Foucault's Pendulum.
posted by canoehead at 8:52 AM on March 21, 2011

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