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  1. #1 How to keep image in your mind longer? 
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    When I look at an image for 5 seconds, and close my eye, and see the image in my mind, I would like to keep the image in my mind longer.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Sorry, I think some people might be able to train this ability, but I don't know how. You can try memorising images in the same way you memorise texts but that's pretty hard work. Just think about art experts who can describe all the features of certain paintings or sculptures - it takes years of exposure combined with some fairly dedicated attention to the task.

    When I was a kid I had a photographic memory - I could read a page from the image I'd retained (though I was a very good reader so there might have been some reinforcement.) However, I found I couldn't do this as I grew up - I could no longer "read" the page number to be able to find the text in the book, and my memory for the text itself wasn't so perfect either. Now it's mere chance that I can recall the way a page looks precisely enough to recognise it. I did try for a while, but I found I was forcing errors rather than reinforcing memories.


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    Hmm do you mean as if you can physically see it as though you were looking at it with your eyes? Because if so, I don't think there is a way to increase the duration of the Iconic memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    Hmm do you mean as if you can physically see it as though you were looking at it with your eyes? Because if so, I don't think there is a way to increase the duration of the Iconic memory.
    When I look at an image for 5 seconds, and close my eye, and the longer image is still appeared in my mind, the better visual memory I get, so I would like to keep the image in my mind longer. Once you close your eyes, you only recall this image from your memory.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions :>

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    Chimpanzee Memory Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJAH4ZJBiN8
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    Quote Originally Posted by oem7110 View Post
    When I look at an image for 5 seconds, and close my eye, and the longer image is still appeared in my mind, the better visual memory I get, so I would like to keep the image in my mind longer.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Look at the image for 10 seconds.
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    Take a picture of it with a camera, then plug it into an orifice and upload it to your brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Which of your orifices are USB compatible? Also how did you find that out
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    That ain't an orifice in most people . I can only think of one beginning with "u" and I'm not going there...
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    Image retention and accuracy is an easily trained ability.

    I look at something, then close my eyes and study the memory picture, then re-look at the image and correct for details, then close my eyes and study the memory picture, picking out a different detail, then open the eyes and check for accuracy
    continue as above until your memory image matches the eyes open image

    as you repeat this exercise, it takes less and less time to achieve almost photo-realistic accuracy, and the memory image is recallable for hours, weeks, even months, but over time, your mind will blend in other images with the original

    Some people seem born with the ability to walk through a room with 27 objects in it and recall every detail(the cia is always looking for people with this talent). The rest of us have to learn to expand our abilities to the limits nature has given us.
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    Meditation is an all round good way of increasing focus and concentration which might be helpful to you for something like this. It doesn't have to be anything complicated or something you have to practice for years, simply sitting in a quiet room and staring at a static object for 10mins and increasing to 30 mins over a few weeks will make a difference.

    I have to admit that imagery in my head is fleeting to almost non-existent, I find it very hard to hang on to anything for long. But I have never tried to change it to be honest - I don't see why it cant be something you can improve with practice but I could be wrong.
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    when i meditate
    i close my eyes and imagine seeing a black dot
    i let my mind wander as it chooses, and in the relaxed moments go back to the black dot
    after awhile, the black dot grows, slowly filling the mind's eye
    until all is obscure
    no thought
    no internal dialogue
    just the quietude of darkness

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    Quote Originally Posted by oem7110 View Post
    Does anyone have any suggestions?
    First of all, it depends on the complexity of the image you want to commit to memory. An image comprising of easily identifiable subjects/objects/shapes/colors/textures usually get retained and committed to memory far longer than compared to something than may be more abstract. Minute details may be more difficult to commit to memory if you aren't trained to do so. From experience, straightforward bold shapes and colors do not pose too much difficulty, unlike the more organic variants that I'll present below.

    Let's take a couple of Piet Mondrain's works as an example to see which you find easier to commit to memory and recall after.

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    And to toss things up, I'm going to include one of Pollock's works to make a point at a later time.

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    But to address your request for suggestions to better commit an image to memory, (depending on the nature of the image) I would recommend taking in an overview of the negative and positive space, followed by color and tone, and compartmentalizing portions of it (the image) heavily loaded with details compared to other portions with less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo1 View Post
    And to toss things up, I'm going to include one of Pollock's works to make a point at a later time.

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    If you think this is tough, you can't begin to imagine how difficult it is to commit a sculpture to memory simply by touch alone; even one no larger than a cellphone with fifteen minutes to do so.
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    figurative sculptors "see" with their fingertips
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    ("close your eyes and learn to see")
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    Does anyone watch this video?

    Example
    Chimpanzee Memory Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJAH4ZJBiN8
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    I can only speak for myself....if you ask me where I saw something in a book, I can't tell you the page number, (I never pay attention to it) but I can tell you approximately where it was in thickness in the book and on what place on the page, top or bottom and I can see it, in my head, if it made an impression on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oem7110 View Post
    When I look at an image for 5 seconds, and close my eye, and see the image in my mind, I would like to keep the image in my mind longer.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions :>
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    This might help. I wrote it 2011 and it might just help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oem7110 View Post
    Does anyone watch this video?

    Example
    Chimpanzee Memory Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJAH4ZJBiN8
    Interesting video. Note, not only do chimps display far greater short term memory than humans. They are also physically stronger, climb a tree quicker, and even went to space before us, yet we still see ourselves as the superior species!

    Back when I was in school I had tough times remembering diagrams printed in black and white, like the human heart in Biology class! Grrr! Eventfully I discovered I could remember a diagram for long enough periods, if I spent a little time copying them to paper, but most importantly, also adding a different colour to each section of the heart. Adding colour seemingly gave my memory that extra dimension to latch to!

    However, that was 20 years ago, so the only thing I remember now from Biology class is that I did biology class.
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