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"Yato hastastato drishtihi"..."Where the hand is, the eyes follow"
"Yato drishtistato manaha"..."Where the eyes go, the mind follows"
"Yato manastato bhavaha"..."Where the mind is, there is the feeling"
"Yato bhavastato rasaha"..."Where there is feeling, there is mood/flavour, sweetness”
A mnemonic (RpE: /nəˈmɒnᵻk/, AmE: /nɛˈmɑːnɪk/ the first "m" is silent) device, or memory device is any learning technique that aids information retention in the human memory.
Humans and other mammals have two hippocampi, one in each side of the brain. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation. The hippocampus is located under the cerebral cortex; and in primates it is located in the medial temporal lobe, underneath the cortical surface.
THE HIPPOCAMPUS IN MEMORY Although theta has been implicated in several func- tions including arousal (Green & Arduini, 1954) and recently sensorimotor integration (Bland & Colom, 1993; Bland & Oddie, 2001), the prevailing view is that theta serves a critical role in mnemonic functions of the hippocampus
They stated that their findings “point to a possible link between the naturally occurring theta rhythm and the development of synaptic changes of the type needed for memory storage”
This is an exert from wiki on the Papez Circuit which details a discussion of the theta waves in the hippocampus: Theta waves are used to measure activity in mainly the hippocampus but can be used to measure other brain regions as well. Strong synchronization of theta waves in the hippocampus and anterior ventral thalamus has been observed. Although theta waves between the hippocampus and the anterior dorsal and anterior medial regions in the thalamus showed no synchronization, scientists have seen a marked increase in firing rates of the neurons in the brain regions. Overall, based on theta wave experimentation, some components of the Papez circuit have shown to indeed have a connection and work together. Also, theta waves are thought to be linked to learning and memory. Consequently, many scientists believe that the Papez circuit is involved with memory because of theta wave experiments. Some scientists have narrowed it down to specifically spatial and episodic memory.
Please be careful with Murdus, I accidentally caused a little bit of a kundalini experience when first encountering and trying to use them. I'm not an expert in them, not by far, but there power is serious.
I will re read your thread when I have time to give it more respect that just a quick skimming, but put it simply: If I dont speak English, and you dont speak my language, but I have a bag of oranges; how will you let me know you want one (or more) of my produce?.
Very interesting Leolady,a few things immediately came to mind when seeing the title and reading through.
The first is a film called "johnny mnemonic" which pretty much centres around memory storage.
The other is johnny depps portrayal of captain jack sparrow in the pirates of the carribean films,he uses an awful lot of strange hand jestures throughout,might be interesting to look at those perhaps.
I accidentally caused a little bit of a kundalini experience when first encountering and trying to use them.
When I was talking about this to someone recently, in regards to a music video and they said that they believe the singers/dancers are using the hand gestures as a mnemonic to memorize their dance moves. So same could go for the movie. Maybe its so they can memorize the lines and moves. I am adding both movies to my list to re-watch.
Mnemonic Technique A form is a mnemonic technique that trains the muscles to remember the many complex techniques of hand-to-hand combat of which a martial art is composed. Let’s make an analogy between learning martial arts and learning the piano. A single technique such as a punch or a kick could be likened to a single musical note. In the beginning you learn the notes of a piano individually and then in scales. Martial arts first teach the techniques individually and then in drills which is similar to practicing scales. Once proficient in notes and scales the next progression is to songs and melodies. In martial arts combat techniques are combined into routines that correspond to songs and are combined differently in each routine, from simple progressions to complex ones.
So how does this work as mnemonic device?
Well one of the first uses of music and possibly even the cause of its invention was as a mnemonic device. Ancient bards knew the words to dozens of stories because the stories were sung rather than spoken. This principle is easily demonstrated. If I were to ask you to memorize six notes, C, A, F, A, C, F, in order and I would only tell you once and you were not allowed to write it down. What are your chances of remembering those notes in an hour, or the next day, or next week or when you were 80 years old? Slim to none. But if I were to sing the first six notes of the American national anthem, ‘Oh-say-can-you-see….’ you would be able to remember those notes until the day you died. Music has the ability to encode, and allows the mind to recall, complex packets of information.
When politicians and news casters are speaking, too. Hand gestures deflect attention from the spoken word, also "sleight of hand".