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.

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Timestamps of the Conversation:

00:00 intro

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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Minhaaj Rehman is CEO & Chief Data Scientist of Psyda Solutions, an AI-enabled academic and industrial research agency focused on psychographic profiling and value generation through machine learning and deep learning.


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