An interesting element of testing people’s memory is finding a culture free test. A couple of years ago the World Memory Sports Council (of which I am a member) decided to introduce a competition based on abstract images to replace an event on how to memorise a poem (translated of course)
the idea is to commit to memory and recall the sequence of abstract images in as many rows as possible.
Here are the official rules …
- A4 pages consisting, each containing 10 rows of 5 images each. The images are considered to be in order e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- The number of images presented equals the world record + 20%.
Further images are available from the adjudicator if requested one month in advance of the competition.
- Competitors may choose which rows to attempt.
- IMPORTANT – No writing (e.g. Pens or Pencils) or measuring (e.g. Rulers) instruments or additional sheets of paper may be present on the desk during the memorisation phase of this event. What constitutes a measuring instrument is at the discretion of the Chief Arbiter.
- The Recall paper is in the same format as the memorisation paper but with the 5 images in a different sequence within each row. Note: the rows are in the same order.
- Competitors must write under each image a number indicating its original position (reading from left to right).e.g. 4, 3, 1, 2, 5.
- Five points are awarded for every correct row.
- If there are any omissions or errors within an attempted row, one point is deducted from the overall score. (e.g. perfect rows score +5, rows with errors score -1)
- There is no penalty for any missing row.
- If the final score is a negative it is rounded up to zero.
All make sense?!
Try it yourself by downloading the following files…
Let me know if you have any questions