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I'm interested in improving my memory, primarily: remembering people's names for several weeks after I meet them, and remembering conversational details for a few days after any given conversation.
My short term memory is great; I can typically be introduced to a dozen or so new people at a party and get them all right the next morning (if I was paying attention). However, I won't remember any of their names three days later.
Has anyone bought into any of the many memory improvement programs out there and actually seen results? Or should I save my money and just practice writing down/repeating the things I want to memorize and attempt to work out some system on my own?