Illustration by Chenhao Lu

Building Palaces of Memories:
A Glimpse at the Method of Loci

Vol. 1, Issue 3 // Grey Matters

The method of loci is a memory technique that takes advantage of the brain's ability to manipulate spatial information. What distinguishes this method is its integration of multiple memory techniques, such as visualization, association, and organization of information. Users of the method of loci construct a mental map based on a familiar location, like their apartment or neighborhood. As the user practices walking through these rooms and becoming more familiar with the 'memory palace', it presumably becomes easier to recall information quickly and in an organized fashion.