Take a deck of cards, pick 10 from the top and memorize their order. 2 minutes later try to reproduce the order by memory. Doable. Make the cards 20 and hardly anyone can do that. Now think of all 52 cards and what it takes to memorize them? Impossible? Not for everyone. My next guest can do that in 30 seconds.
Up next on Psyda Podcast is Dr Boris Nikolai Konrad. He is 8x team world champion, holds 4x Guinness Book World records, holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has degrees in physics and computer sciences, and trains people in techniques like Method of Loci, Mnemonics and Mind Palace (explained in Sherlock & Netflix series ‘Memory Games’).
He is a TEDx speaker, appears on media regularly including Germany’s super popular program ‘The Brain’, and shows in Chinese, Russian, Italian and Dutch Media. He is featured in BBC News, NPR, CNN, Psychology Today and DW among others. He is the author of the best-selling book ‘It’s all in your head’ currently being translated to English.
He currently works at the world-renowned center for Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour in Nijmegen (Netherlands) exploring the depths of the human brain. Join us as we explore the human brain.
Timestamps of the Conversation:
01:16 Is Memory Sport a Real Thing?
02:59 Amount of Memorization done by First Memory Champion vs Today’s Memory Champion
04:48 Memorization in Western Culture
7:34 Remembering vs Memorization for Students
12:25 Piaget’s Mental Schema’s, Cognitive Construction and Higher Abstract Learning
18:25 Boris’s New Research Paper on fMRI’s of Memory Athletes vs Ordinary People
29:50 Music and IQ Correlation through Neuroscience Research.
32:20 Memory Athlete and Ideal Reception
39:30 Culture of Rote Memory. Middle Eastern Poets, Islamic Huffaz and Faust
41:02 Memory training in Schools
43:07 Why Memorize at All?
47:42 Gender Differences in Memory and Occupations Iran, India and Scandinavia
50:43 Limitations of Neuroscience
01:00:12 Uncontrolled External Factors in Neuroscience Research
01:03:44 East vs West: Approach Towards Healing. Science vs Spirituality
01:09:54 EEG Subjectivity especially in Epilepsy and its consequences
01:33:12 Language Learning and Memory
01:23:21 Education System and How Intelligent Kids are Falling Through Cracks
01:35:00 Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’, Grading System and Need for Brick and Mortar University
01:40:40 IQ and Memory Retention Correlation. Evidence from Neuroscience
01:46:05 Neurodiversity and Memory
01:54:32 Personality differences as Predictors of Memory Performance
01:59:05 Research on Sleep and Neuroscientific Evidence
02:06:28 Diet and Sleep Patterns
02:08:55 Aspirations for Your Own Children
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Personal Profile: https://www.boriskonrad.de/
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