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Let's consider a possible shopping list that you may wish to remember:
To remember this list, use the principles of SMASHIN SCOPE and associate each number shape peg image with an image of the corresponding item on the list.
For example you could imagine a Banana has been plunged through the centre of a bright red love heart cushion (Number 3). Make the image as vivid as possible by exaggerating the motion of the banana being pushed into the cushion. Enhance the colour of the scene, smell the banana, feel the contrast between the soft warm touch of the cushion and the cold hard texture of the banana skin.
Now do the same for the rest of the items on the list. It should take you no more than about two minutes to do the entire list. So with your own imagination, associate the following images together:
A candle (one) with a bottle of milk.
A swan (two)with a bag of sugar.
A love heart cushion (three) with a banana.
A yacht (four) with a lettuce.
A hook (five) with a tomato.
An elephant (six) with a bar of newspaper.
A walking stick (seven) with a piece of cheese.
An hourglass (eight) with some butter.
A balloon on a stick (nine) with a loaf of bread.
A dinner plate (ten) with a bottle of lemonade.
Now get someone to test you and I am quite sure that you will be able to remember the list in any order you want.
If you do make any mistakes it may be because some of your imagery is not vivid enough or your associations are not strong enough.
With a little practice you will overcome these problems and you will have no difficulty recalling any item on your list.
Use this system any time that you need to remember a list of 10 items. If you combine it with the Number Rhyme System, you can now remember a list of 20 items in any order that you want.
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