The Method of Loci is an ancient Greek mnemonic strategy used to improve memory performance by associating to-be-remembered items with familiar places (loci) in an environment. In order to see the possibility to reduce the extra mental effort needed for using this mnemonic, this study tests the recall performance after participants’ mere exposure to a visuospatial virtual memory palace (VMP). More precisely, we aim to investigate whether it is necessary to introduce or educate this method to users before they enter a VMP. Our results demonstrated that even without conscious awareness of the application, or even the existence of the MOL, the memory performance is not attenuated. Thus, the application of such VMP in an educational context can be simplified.
Huttner, Jan-Paul; Qian, Ziwei; and Robra-Bissantz, Susanne, (2019). "A VIRTUAL MEMORY PALACE AND THE USER'S AWARENESS OF THE METHOD OF LOCI". In Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-14, 2019. ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8 Research Papers.