Medical Mnemonist Podcast

Study Medicine while Dreaming! Memory Palace tips for Lucid Dreams

Chase DiMarco shares his experience with Lucid dreaming, how different strategies work for different people, and how to incorporate it into your learning schedule.

  • [00:51] Defining Lucid Dreaming
  • [02:48] Using Visuals Within a Dream
  • [04:47] What are Memory Palaces?
  • [06:58] Using Memory Places as Visual Objects During Lucid Dreaming
  • [09:33] The Different Lucid Dreaming Techniques

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is a type of dreaming where you know you are dreaming, and you can actually take control of that dream and push the outcomes whichever way you want. Since Lucid dreaming gives you the ability to tweak actions and happenings in the dream, most people tend to enjoy the dream’s artificial reality. Nevertheless, did you know that you can utilize this learnable skill and incorporate it into your studies? The world of medicine is usually full of information; thus, both medics and students need to take advantage of every opportunity to ingest new information. That’s where Lucid dreaming comes in. Lucid dreaming gives you the ability to visualize study materials while dreaming.

As earlier mentioned, we can use visuals and memory palaces to learn new educational material. However, just like most learning techniques, it takes time and a lot of trial and error to eventually get it right. Moreover, the approach may vary depending on the parts you want to remember, how much information there is, and which parts seem difficult.

Memory Palaces

Memory palaces are any location that you can visualize. Most people start with the common things around them, such as the house, the office block, the mall, the hospital et cetera. The first stations inside the memory palaces are the macro palaces, which include your room, kitchen, or office space. The final space is the micro station. This station is where you place your visual imagery and may include specific features such as windows, laptops, doors, and keys.

Using Lucid Dreaming to Study

At some point in time, Chase put in the time to learn the art of lucid dreaming, and he’s quick to admit that it did work for him to some extent. However, just like all other skills, with less and less practice, the skill left him. The thing to note here is that creating visuals might not be as easy as it seems, especially with certain medical terminology. Even though Chase does recommend Lucid dreaming, it doesn’t mean that it will be more effective than the study technique you’re currently practicing. Nonetheless, the skill is definitely a creative way to implement new study techniques. Who knows, you might find yourself tapping into a creative side you never knew you had.

Different techniques can be implemented when talking about Lucid dreaming. If you try one strategy and it doesn’t seem to work for you, don’t give up; try another strategy until you find the one that’s right for you. If nothing works, tap into your creative side and come up with your strategy. It’s possible; you just have to believe in yourself and use things you can relate to.

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Chase DiMarco

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of MedEd University, a free medical education resource, the host of the Medical Mnemonist & Rounds to Residency podcasts creator of several medical education platforms, and CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service.

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