I mentioned in my post about TEDxSydney (all the way back in July) that I was working on some exciting projects. It’s now my great pleasure to be able to share these with you.
The first of these projects you may have already seen: In August we launched the AoM Schools project with the aim of collecting data on the effects of the techniques of the Art of Memory on academic outcomes. This pilot program began with the training of a select group of school teachers in Darwin and is now underway. I’ll be posting updates on this project in a dedicated section of this website which you can find here.
I am also proud to announce the launch of my new brand, Mental Athlete. Mental Athlete is a lifestyle brand for the brain.
The Mental Athlete lifestyle is one which seeks to leverage evidence-based strategies to enhance cognitive performance. It is about giving people scientifically proven strategies to help them do whatever they want to faster, better and for longer.
We are all Mental Athletes but what that means is different for different people. For one person, it might mean being able to ace a test at school, or to be more creative in front of an easel. For another, that might mean having energy to play with the kids after a long day at work, or to finally have the tools and confidence to tackle a bucket list item like learning another language.
In addition, Mental Athlete is a community dedicated to raising levels of scientific literacy and standards of evidence but in a way which is grounded in useful, applicable technology.
Our website is still under construction but you can sign up to receive notifications about our launch here: http://mentalathlete.com.au/
But that isn’t all…
Mental Athlete is also the official sponsor of the 2015 Australian Memory Championship!
The 2015 Australian Open Memory Championship powered by Optimem draws competitors from all over the country to compete to be named as having the best memory in Australia.
The 2015 Championship will be held 7 & 8th of November in Melbourne at RMIT University.
As an ‘Open’ national competition the event is open to memory athletes from anywhere in the world.
The competition includes memorizing in ten events:
- Names and Faces
- Binary Numbers
- Random Numbers
- Abstract Images
- Speed Numbers
- Historic / Future Dates
- Playing Cards
- Random Words
- Spoken Numbers
- Speed Cards
The Australian Memory Championships is about recalibrating our understanding of human potential. In line with that mission, this year, in conjunction with the championships, we are running a conference on mental training and the brain.
This event will showcase the talents of some of the world’s most impressive mental athletes, as well as those of some of the country’s leading brain researchers.
The conference will be open to the public.
All funds raised through ticket sales and on the day will be donated to Alzheimer’s Australia.
For more information about the AMC or our associated conference please go to the Australian Memory Championships website here:
The 7th and 8th are going to be a day to remember. I encourage all of you to join us for what is sure to be a very exciting event.