Feats of Memory at the 2014 APS Annual Convention

It’s not a supernatural power: Memorizing a deck of cards in less than a minute and a 300-word list in just a quarter of an hour are achievable feats for top memory athletes. At the 2014 APS Annual Convention, May 22–25 in San Francisco, attendees will have the chance to see one such memory athlete in action.

Nelson Dellis, the 2012 US Memory Champion, will speak with APS Past President Henry L. Roediger, III, as part of Roediger’s Bring the Family Address, “Make It Stick: How Memory Athletes Perform and How Their Techniques Can Help You.” Roediger, a leader in cognitive psychology, has spent his career studying memory retrieval and its implications for memory and learning. Roediger will tell the audience how scientists investigate mnemonic techniques, and why those techniques are misunderstood and underused. Afterwards, Dellis will discuss his own experiences with mnemonic techniques’ power and will demonstrate his person-action-object system for memorizing.

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