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Reading notes (^-^) by Dennis Boukin and Camille Goolyev, "KGB Spy Memorization"

Memory is the foundation of espionage.

A fiction-based practical book based on a true story. The protagonist is a spy who belongs to KGB (former Soviet Union National Security Commission). A training method to improve memory while focusing on the "memory" required to carry out that task is introduced. The important task of spy missions is to remember and reproduce a huge amount of information without leaving it. Spies can't keep records and can't take notes. In order to impersonate another person, the ability to speak a false life accurately and consistently, and the use of multiple positions are also required. Spies with poor memory can lose their lives.

What I realized while reading was the importance of the ability to imagine and the method of connecting existing knowledge and new knowledge. It is helpful to see concrete examples of digitizing numbers and creating stories.

To train your memory, you need to be aware of your attention and your imagination to relate that information to things you already know.

▪️ Three Principles of Memories

The first is to associate. It's easier to relate to what you already know. The brain is good at connecting various images and concepts to each other.

The second principle is to visualize information. To improve your memory, it is extremely important to use your imagination to visualize it. A strange image is especially easy to remember. For clearer memory, not only visual sense but also auditory, tactile, olfactory and taste sensations should be used. The more detailed images you have, the better your memory will be.

The third principle is to have emotions. The brain preferentially remembers what has the most intense emotions. The more you have interest, the more emotions will be activated, and the easier it will be to remember.

▪️ It's important to forget
If you don't forget, your brain will overflow with information. Once you forget it, you can catch the problem with fresh eyes. The memory should be restored after that.

▪️ Future memory
To remember the intention or plan to do something. Unlike past memories, it is difficult because the person must remember the subject independently. It's just intended, and it's not really happening yet.

️Future memory 4 techniques
The first is to change the environment to make it a different situation than usual. Keep your sneakers by your toothbrush so you won't forget your morning workout.

The second uses Todo lists and calendars.

The third method is to use the mnemonic technique described above. Thinking about the timing and timing that reminds me of my planned work, I think of the visual image of the situation clearly and add emotions.

Fourth, do not move to a new job immediately after being distracted. Mistakes in future memory are almost always caused by new work getting distracted while doing important things. It is necessary to take a breath and return to the memory before distraction.

I would like to make better use of the phenomenon of the "Zaigarnik effect," which is better remembered for tasks that are half-finished or interrupted, rather than tasks that are completed to the end.

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