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World Memory Champion is from Mississippi

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It’s called a mind sport, and in an Olympic type competition with participants from around the world, a Mississippian has taken the title of World Memory Champion. 

He and his wife are second year medical students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. His hope is to teach the rest of us how we can remember numbers, faces, names even other languages.

Alex Mullen said, "I'm not any kind of genius," said Alex Mullen. "I'm just kind of a regular guy."

You may disagree with Alex Mullen after you see and hear what he can do with his memory. He uses the Memory Palace technique to not only win competitions but to learn for Medical school.

"You know there are so many details you have to remember for medicine and you do your best to try to understand what's going on and really get the concepts down," said Mullen.

Mullen started learning the technique his junior year at Johns Hopkins in 2013.

"I just read this book which is actually just right over there.. "Moonwalking with Einstein", which is probably the most well known memory related book," said Mullen. "I was just as skeptical as anyone else at first but it’s crazy how well it works. You know everybody has this ability really built in."

Mullen can memorize a deck of cards in just 16 seconds. He is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most digits memorized in one hour, 3,029. 

"It's a useful technique in the sense of understanding your visualization abilities," said Mullen. "Being able to see things in your head even for something like math or engineering.”

In a YouTube video  Mullen said,

"What I'm going to do in this video is show you exactly how I would remember this list of 20 words," Mullen said on a YouTube video.

Mullen is convinced anyone can learn the technique. In fact his mother in law is using it.

"She's learning Spanish with it now and I think before when she was trying to learn Spanish it was harder because she would learn something one day and then the next day be like I don't remember what I learned," said Cathy Chen, Mullen's wife.

We put Mullen to the test. I came up with random numbers and almost as soon as I finished, this is what happened.

 2, 0, 1, 2, 9, 6, 6, 8, 4, 1, 0, 3, 1." said Mullen, getting them all right.

His focus is to help students. Mullen and Chen are taking a year off from Medical School to focus on coaching others. They have YouTube videos and a website.

"I talked to some students about the techniques in school and how they can begin to apply them to really anything," explained Mullen. "Organic Chemistry, people were asking about even calculus, learning Greek and sociology and things like this and we're trying to do our best to promote the technique and how to use them."

Mullen  will defend his World Memory Championship in Singapore in December.

The Oxford, Mississippi native who won the Championship, last December in China is the first American to win the World Memory Championship since its inception 24 years ago.

You can find more information on Mullen’s website,  and on the YouTube videos.

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