Tag Archives: Memory

Neurons that map our surroundings and build up our memory.

Neuroscientist Neil Burgess is using Virtual Reality, computational modelling and EEG to investigate what processes and which part of the brain are involved when we are navigating our surroundings.

The science behind the best memorisers in the world

I can not miss the opportunity to post such a great article about the science behind the best memorisers in the world. Even the the Wired magazine is on this phenomenon.

Johannes Mallow, Extreme Memory Tournament Champion, can memorise an 80-digit sequence in 21.01 seconds. Scientists are now turning to him to unlock the secrets of memory.

Source: How science is studying ‘mental athletes’ to help you remember (pract…

Learning, made joyful – Memrise

In this website/app, Ed Cooke  get as close as possible to the memory techniques he uses to remember insane amount of things, but applied to learn new languages.

The Memrise community uses images and science to make learning easy and fun. Learn a language. Learn anything.

Source: Learning, made joyful – Memrise

The ArchiMemory eXPeriment

This is where you will participate to an experiment that will show you how to improve your memory by using your spatial cognition. Before you enter the experiment, a short introduction.

History is paved with mnemonic devices that makes use of our spatial ability to remember all sort of information. Our sense of space has evolve for thousands of years to become part of what makes us human. This project is looking at how architecture influences this ability? What features will help to build meaningful virtual spaces that will enhance the way we learn and memorise information?

To explore these questions, ArchiMemory propose a simple memory task: remembering a sequence of random playing cards. To do so the participant will train his spatial memory by navigating a 3D Virtual Environment. Like in a video game.

You don’t need to know more for now, you will be guided step by step.

Before you start
By clicking the “participate” button down there, you will be automatically assign a cookie with a guest session. You have then two options:

  1. you are just curious and don’t bother entering any details of yours and will not coming back. Fair enough, just follow the steps.
  2. you want the full experience and are keen to help to gather evidence. Then, please, update your details and remember your login username and password. With those you will be able to sign in later on from any computer or browser and to add up data to your profile.

Some technical issues are slowing us down. Bare with us, subscribe to ArchiMemory by email or follow us on Twitter to be the first to participate to this Spatial Learning experiment.

Real Virtuality (my first chapter book)

Using Spatial Cognition to improve Knowledge Construction” is the title of the chapter we have written with Karl Smith for this book: “Real Virtuality: About the Desctruction and Multiplication of World.”  It was a great opportunity to discuss with Karl about our ideas on spatial cognition, technologies and “The Art of Memory”.

Chapter abstract
Since prehistoric era, humans have always, due to mainly a survival influx, developed a huge sense of memory link to location in their environment. They have learned to master their memory in different ways: by erecting landmarks and designing architecture, they modified their physical environment, and by walking through known and imaginary environments in their mind’s eye, they have trained and increased their virtual memory. After exploring the way humans perceives their environment, we looked at more recent technologies to understand how we could use those to re-master humans huge potential to organise information around them through the lens of the digital age.

The book content a lot more though. There are around twenty texts from different author giving a very faceted lens on the meaning of real virtulaity in the 21st century. It is worth the reading.

Real Virtuality, About the Destruction and Multiplication of World (with a Preface by Gerd Stern)
Ulrich Gehmann, Martin Reiche (eds.) Transcript Verlag Bielefeld, March 2014.
Increasingly, the virtual became reality by a hybridization of the world as we knew it: the process that went on in recent years is one of a technically assisted hybridization of both space and self, the »old« world is becoming virtualized and functionalized to a degree never experienced before. For the first time in human history, we have reached a threshold where we have not only to re-assert but to redefine ourselves, as regards our fundamental terms of understanding what world means for us, our base of existence and now an assemblage of mixed realities; and connected, what being human means.

Including contributions by
Kristoffer Aberg, Tim French, Michael Johannson, Martin Reiche, David Bell, Mikhail Fominykh, Steffen Krämer, Martin Rieser, Irus Braverman, Ulrich Gehmann, Lyzgeo M. Koshy, Panagiotis D. Ritsos, Marc Conrad, Pierre-F. Gerard, Randolph Langenbach, Carl H. Smith, Martin Cremers, Chris Gerbing, Manfred Negele, Gerd Stern, Katerina Diamantaki, Kristoffer Getchell, Erhan ÖzeSabine Wilke.

Intended audience
Humanities, Art Sciences, Social Geography

Hybridization, World-Creations, Functionalization, Space, Mixed Realities, Changes of the Self, Culture, Media, Cultural Theory, Media Theory, Media Studies, Cultural Studies

Now on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Real-Virtuality-Destruction-Multiplication-Preface/dp/3837626083