I came across this article
disussing the recent USA Memory Championship and it got me thinking.
Everyone has said at some point - "I'm not good with names." or "I have a terrible sense of direction." But we rarely sit and examine why this is the case. After reading books on Evolutionary Psychology (such as The Blank Slate by Pinker) it's hard to deny the severe importance that genetics has on the construction of the individual, and yet when I come to examine how my life was 'developed' genes don't come in to the equation.
I find that I am terrible with people's names, place names and learning foreign languages. Was it a case of my genetics that lead me towards a brain not capable of remembering names? or is it simply that at some point in my life my brain specialised in other areas? I find that when I am reading a magazine I very often just skip the names of people and places - and indeed kick myself for it later. Neither my father or mother seem to be as bad at these feats of memory as I am.
Did I not get the genes they have or did I simply not train my brain in the right areas?
So firstly, what would you say are your weakest capacities of mind? Can you trace them back to a particular way you run your life, or perceive your environment? or more realistically can you see the same traits inherent in your parents and siblings?
I'd be fascinated to know...