3 techniques to train your brain like a Mental Athlete

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By: Jared Cotter | Cassarah Coffey Posted: 5:30 PM, Jun 13, 2017

Sure, when we think of athletes training there’s usually a typical physical look that comes to mind. There's actually an entirely different athlete out there working just as hard, but using their brain instead of their body. They are called mental athletes and they put their brain power to the test to see who can remember the most. What can we learn from them? Jared Cotter is talking with professional Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov to get three practical techniques to train your brain.

1.  Pay Attention

If we can learn to spot when our attention has started to wander, we can get better at bringing it back to the thing we care about and that can really help improve memory. Take the time to really think about what it is your reading.

2.  Visualize

It’s the most famous and maybe the most powerful of all the memory techniques. It involves taking a location that you know well and then imagining yourself traveling through that location and placing down images that stand in for whatever it is you want to remember.

3.  Organize

One thing this helps with matching names to faces. If you want to remember somebody's name create an association with their face and some image, some visual thing that sounds like their name.

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