Unleashing the Power of Memory: The Science Behind Super-Athletes and How to Boost Your Own Memory Skills

Scientists are researching the superhuman abilities that humans possess

Scientists are still studying how the central nervous system helps people plan and execute complex movements unconsciously. Isao Machii, a modern-day samurai with incredible agility, can chop bullets in half in midair with a swing of his sword. His super-agility has made him legendary. Meanwhile, Bob Munden, a legendary gunslinger, could draw and accurately fire his gun in less than a tenth of a second, faster than the average human brain’s reaction time.

Mental athletes like those who compete in the USA Memory Championship can memorize a deck of cards in 20 seconds or the names and faces of hundreds of strangers in minutes. Anthony and Michael Dottino run memory training programs and believe that anyone can improve their memory regardless of age. They argue that memory techniques form networks in the brain that anchor new memories to old ones. A study in the journal Neuron found that average people can significantly improve their memories with just six weeks of training. This superpower is within reach for all of us.

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