## Tuesday, March 10, 2009

### BRAINTENANCE QUIZ: 3/9/09 and 3/10/09

Dear Friends (have I any left?):

Memorizing strings of letters, numbers and words is a superb (albeit annoying) exercise, not only for the memory, but for the ability to associate and to visualize. For example, if two of the words are "monkey" and "apple," you may visualize a monkey eating an apple in order to keep the two associated. I have an acquaintance (he will probably cross me off of his party invitation list after he has read this) whose name is John Reade -- in order to remember his name, I visualized a gentleman sitting on the toilet and looking at an open book. It worked.

Following are some strings of letters, numbers and words for you to work (or play) with. The numerical ones and the letter strings are sometimes best mastered by "chunking". This means putting together groups of three to five characters at a time, and storing them as a whole "clump" in your memory. Another trick is to look at the string, choose your clump, and then close your eyes while continuing to visualize the string. The more often you do this, the better you become.

You will note that the strings below are neither numbered nor lettered for indexing purposes; for me to do so would actually complicate matters.

Sharpen your skills, Humanoids, lest we be outsmarted by alien visitors in the future Intergalactic Olympics!
Q T E K L
A I T R U W
Z S C V B R O
S F V Y K Z P U E
E A W J D P H D M S
1 3 5 7 9
2 5 3 6 4 7
6 3 4 5 7 8 9 (Wilson Pickett Fans)
2 5 6 3 9 8 8 6
9 6 7 4 5 8 1 3 4 1
APPLE, BANANA, CARROT
CRANBERRY, BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY, BOYSENBERRY, BLACKBERRY
ZOO, BUSH, SCRAPE, ANTONYM, FICUS, HARMONIUS, MONKEY
LANGUID, SQUALOR, BEAUTY, CLOUD, PEARL, HARNESS, SNAKE, STIR, POKE
Enjoy!
Faithfully,
Douglas Castle