Dominic O'Brien

Do you have a memory like a sieve or do you never forget anything, like an elephant?

Whatever you capacity is for remembering things there is always a good way to test it.

World Memory Champion and Guinness world record holder, Dominic O'Brien has written How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week which can help anyone improve their memory.

Within it is a series of quick and easy tests which aims to enhance your powers of recollection.

So, grab a pen and paper and test your brains strength with the five following challenges.

1. Words

Study this list for three minutes, then look away and write down as many of the following 20 words as you can remember, in no particular order.

Award yourself one point for each word you correctly recall.

Ready. Set. Go.

Tree. Time. Face. Pipe. Clock. Mouse. Engine. Planet. Thunder. Necklace.

Wardrobe. Caterpillar. Garden. Treacle. Picture. Harness. Sleep. Apple. Ocean. Book.

2. Numbers

Next are the numbers.

Whilst this test is similar to the last one, you have to write the 20 numbers down in the same order they are in below.

Each correct digit is worth one point but if at any point you get the sequence wrong you must stop. Therefore if you get the first two right but the third wrong, you have two points.

Once again, you have three minutes for this test.

5 0 3 6 7 4 4 0 9 2 8 2 0 5 7 6 7 1 2 9

3. Shapes

Now for the shapes.

This one might be a little complicated so listen carefully.

Firstly take a look at this diagram of ten shapes below for three minutes, paying special attention to the order that they are in.

Picture:Picture: Dominic O'Brien


OK, now the below image features the exact same shapes but in a completely different order.

What you need to do is remember the original numbers they have been assigned in the previous image.

Don't cheat by looking at the previous picture and award yourself one point per correct answer.

Picture:Picture: Dominic O'Brien

4. Binary Numbers

This one will really appeal to the math nerds out there.

Take three minutes to look at the following sequence of binary numbers.

As before, you need to remember the whole pattern correctly so only award yourself a point for the ones you get right.

I.e. if you remember the first four correctly but get the fifth wrong you have four points.

1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1

5. Playing Cards

Finally we have the playing cards and no, we're not going to be playing blackjack.

All you need to do is study the cards below for three minutes and remember the order they are in.

Then try to write them down on paper in the exact same order, only awarding yourself for the cards you remember correctly before making as mistake.

Picture:Picture: Dominic O'Brien


To calculate how you fared on the test please refer yourself to the scorecard below.

The overall total available is 90 points.

70 + = Master

35 + = Improver

20 + = Untrained

If you scored more than 35 you potentially possess a great memory but you might need a bit more training if you totaled below that.

Dominic O'Brien's book How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week is available to purchasenow.

HT Daily Mail

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