Using memory linking to recall a series of objects or a story in sequential order is a learning method originally developed by the early Greeks. They used visual metaphors to sequentially link their orations together into a cohesive lecture.
Memory Linking Explained
One way to utilize memory linking is explained by Dr. Shichida, Director of over 400 Child Academies throughout Asia: “In our classrooms,” he says, “the teacher places 10 different pictographic cards on a white board. The student starts to connect the cards to each other with a story, which creates a picture in the mind facilitating memorization.” He says with practice, “Students no longer need the verbal connections. They can easily remember 40 to 50 images. For many kids even 100 cards aren’t a problem.”
In his book, “Rhythms of Learning”, Don Campbell talks about this method: “While short-term memories can be stored as images, they are often stored by sound, especially in the recall of words and letters. In general, short-term memory has the ability to hold about seven bits of information. When related groups of information are bonded together, they may be remembered as one bit of information, and the volume that can be stored increases.”
Our Research Tells Us: If You Want to Master Memory Linking, Get Silly!
We found that when humor or silliness is introduced with memory linking, almost anyone can remember 100 or more objects in perfect sequential order and usually very quickly.
We use silliness along with Shichida’s learning method in our Silly Story Sequential Memory Games. We found that telling children funny nonsensical stories to tie images together prove a very memorable way of teaching anyone (even very young children) to easily remember and recall 100 objects in sequential order.
Watch this video demonstrating this learning method:
The system used in Silly Story also helps children become accustomed to thinking habits that bypass logical thought. According to experts, developing “out-of-the-box” thinking ignites abilities that can lead to great discoveries or unique solutions to problems that defy logical reasoning. We’ve seen children who’ve been using this method routinely come up with ingenious and creative ideas or solutions to problems that we certainly could not have imagined ourselves.