Remembering numbers: All it takes is a system

January 6, 2018
Most people can remember between five and nine digits; unusual folks might recall 15 to 18.
Imagine the surprise of Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the late 1970s when they came across a student who could master 82 digits. …
A track and cross-country runner, Steve Faloon was accustomed to timed runs and, when forced to remember a string of numbers, tended to break them down into segments recognizable to him as typical times for a quarter mile, a mile, two miles, 10 kilometers, etc.