This works with one person or a group of people. Reveal your plan to a chosen person.
You could also use a printout from one of those eye tests we see at a doctor’s rooms. You can mention that you are going to put the letters into use with a different kind of test. After all, your memory is more important than anything else.
Most people can’t remember more than a sequence of six to nine letters read in a row, I’ll show you that you can remember way more than that… Keen?
Start with a shorter sequence of letters. You could also print the letters out on a piece of paper and hold them up for a minute. You could style the printed letters to make it look like an eye test. This is just for some pazzaz.
They should have no problem with remembering this. Add a few more letters.
They may be able to remember this.
Now try a long string of letters.
They will probably not remember this.
You couldn’t remember ten letters, but let me show you how you can actually remember more than that. Here we go:
They should remember this due to word-chunking. Give them a round of applause.
Some extra lines you can try
- Seventeen letters… that must be close to a world record.
- Just don’t use your new skill to start counting cards at the casino.
- Check out the big brain on Brad.
See if you can add even more letters to the memory challenge, by perhaps adding words such as HORSE or ANT.