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World Memory Championship Underway in London

By    |   Sunday, 01 Dec 2013 08:39 AM

One hundred and twenty "mental athletes" from 32 countries – four from the United States – have gathered in London for the three-day World Memory Championship,according to the World Memory Sports Council.

The defending memory champion, known as the "human hard disk," is Johannes Mallow, 32, from Germany. Among his many feats, Mallow was able to recall 132 historical and future dates and number sequences that are thousands of digits long.

Until recently, England and China had dominated the competition which began in 1991.

Accountant Ben Pridmore, the 2008 and 2009 champion from England, is waging an uphill battle against Mallow to recapture the title, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Organizers say that the human brain is constantly underused because people don't know how to make the most of their brainpower. The London competition is intended to call attention to methods that could enable the full brain capacity of a person to be exploited.

Chris Day, general secretary of the World Mind Sports Council, told the Telegraph: "When you look at what's achieved here, it's clear that the brain is vastly more capable than we know. All it needs is better support, and the techniques we use are software for your 'necktop computer.'"

Professor Tony Buzan, a founder of the championships, said the key to memory is not "filing" but "imagination," adding, "You take information, and create ideas out of it," according to the Telegraph.

Seventy-seven percent of the brain athletes are men and 23 percent women. There are over 30 youngsters participating.

The competition includes remembering numbers, names, faces, abstract images, historical dates, cards and random words.

Experts say that people with exceptional memories are able to transform words and numbers into mental images, according to the Telegraph.

Nelson Dellis is the leading American competitor and ranked 22 in the world. A winner will be announced on Monday. There are no cash rewards.

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