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The Virtual Memory Palace

  • The intention of the Virtual Memory Palace is to help people memorize information by addressing their visual memory. The concept is based on the “Memory Palace” as an ancient Greek memorization technique, where symbols are placed in a certain way within an imaginative building in order to remember the original information whenever the mind goes through the vision of this building again. The goal of this work was to create such a Memory Palace in a virtual environment, so it requires less creative effort of the contemporary learner than was necessary in ancient Greece. The Virtual Memory Palace offers the possibility to freely explore a virtual 3d architectural model and to place icons at various locations within this model. Specific behaviors were assigned to these locations to make them more memorable. To test the benefit of this concept, an experiment with 15 subjects was conducted. The results show a higher remembrance rate of items learned in the Virtual Memory Palace compared to a wordlist. The observations made during the test showed that most of the subjects enjoyed the memorization environment and were astonished how well the Virtual Memory Palace worked for them.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Eric Fassbender, Wolfgang Heiden
Parent Title (English):Journal of Computational Information Systems
First Page:457
Last Page:464
Publisher:Binary Information Press
Publication year:2006
Tag:Virtual Environment; Virtual Memory Palace
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Institute of Visual Computing (IVC)
Institut für funktionale Gen-Analytik (IFGA)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Entry in this database:2015/11/27