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Topic : How to become a memory champion
2022호 1면
 
TITLE : How to become a memory champion

How to become a memory champion

 

You, Too, Can Become a Memory Champion, Scientists Say | Live Science

 

 

 

Are you good at remembering things? Can you remember a long list of English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help may be at hand. A new study says pretty much anyone can have an upgraded memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can train our brain to be a "memory athlete" just like athletes train to be champions.

 

Neuroscientist Martin Dresler wrote in the journal "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people with average memories into people with an incredible ability to remember things. Dr Dresler even suggested people could train their brain to enter the World Memory Championships that are held in March every year.

 

Dr Dresler compared MRI scans of the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We were interested in what differentiates memory champions from normal people, like you and me." He was surprised to find no differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the right training.

 

Dresler found that 40 days of daily 30-minute training sessions using a memory technique called mnemonics more than doubled a person's memory capacity. Mnemonics is an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list form. 

 

 

 

Comprehension

What long thing did the article ask if you could remember easily?
Who did the article say could upgrade their brain?
How many weeks of training would it take to become a memory athlete?
When are the World Memory Championships held?
How many world memory champions did the doctor scan the brains of?
How were the brains of memory champions and normal people different?
How long each day were the memory training sessions?
What happened to a person's memory capacity after using mnemonics?
How old is the memory device mnemonics?

Discussion

What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'memory'?
What do you do to remember things?
Do you have a good memory?
How many different meanings of the world 'memory' do you know?
Could you be a memory champion?
How do you train your brain?
Why are some people better at remembering things?
How would life be different if you could remember everything?

Vocabulary

be at hand - to be nearby; within easy reach and ready to use
differentiates - recognize or ascertain what makes (someone or something) different.
mnemonics - the study and development of systems for improving and assisting the memory.
ancient - Very old