Android memory training game – Memoria

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Life is a learning process, memory training is the way to go further.

Do you remember?
Do you remember what you have learned in your primary school, secondary school, or university? Do you remember how many people you have met in the past 1 week? Do you remember how many times you have gone to the toilet yesterday?

The meaning of the questions above may be arguable. Putting that aside, how much can you actually remember?

A sign of Déjà vu?
You must have this feeling before when you think you have forgotten something, but the memory just came back by itself out of a sudden, perhaps when you are doing something, or perhaps in your dream. In other case, you might have partial memory of something, but still you couldn’t seem to recall what is missing in that partial memory which eventually lead you to think you have forgotten something.

Ever wonder why so?

Actually, the memory is there, it’s just that it doesn’t store in one place, your memory is fragmented and stores in different location. In order to recover the full memory, you need to know how to assemble the fragments to make it meaningful.

What the memory training is doing exactly?
As a demo, I am going to show 10 numbers made up with 0 to 9 next.

8 2 4 6 7 9 1 3 0 5

Without looking back, can you recall all numbers in sequential order?

People with photographic memory may be able to recall it easily, everyone else will still be able to recall it by first recalling the patterns. Let’s try to pick up some fragments we have about the numbers.

  1. The numbers are made up with 0 to 9 in random position, so we will have total 10 numbers eventually.
  2. There are 2 colors in the numbers, pink and black.
  3. There are 6 numbers in pink.
  4. Numbers in black are grouped in pair, and the position starts at.. 2, and 8.
  5. Numbers in black are.. 2 and 4, 3 and 0.
  6. The single number (in pink) on the left is 8.
  7. The single number (in pink) on the right is 5.
  8. The contiguous numbers (in pink) in the middle are.. 6, 7, 9 and 1.

There, we have the fragmented memories assembled, and we can recollect what we have read. This is a common technique that many have used to help them read things swiftly and be able to assemble the fragmented memories together later to become a single complete message. Since it is a technique, it means that it can be picked up by anyone through memory training.

An easier way to start memory training?
There are many approaches for memory training, like reading a lot of articles or try recalling what you have said in the past 10 minutes, or whatever. The downside is, these memory training approaches are very tiring and you may well just give it up very soon.

Here, I have an easier way to make memory training easier and fun for you.

Memoria is an old-school flip-and-match style memory game. I have made several enhancements to the game which will get harder as you progress. The number of levels are optimized so that you don’t find it too repetitive. Graphics, background music and sound effects are carefully selected to keep you enticed so you won’t give up on memory training. You can even start challenge the world (once you think you are good enough) by signing in to your Google account.

Memoria is available on Google Play right now.

Get it on Google Play

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