Simon Says "Set a New World Record!" Scott Hagwood Sets a New Guinness World Record for Simon Game

January 15 2004--You remember SIMON: the Milton Bradley game featuring red, blue, yellow and green flashing lights, appearing in sequences you are challenged to duplicate. Or maybe SIMON was the game that made you realize you don't remember! Perhaps it takes a memory champion to master SIMON. Three-time United States Memory Champion Scott Hagwood, of Fayetteville, NC, has broken a Guinness World Record by playing the longest game of SIMON ever recorded—all 31 sequences in his first try! The previous record was 14 sequences, held by Joel Berger of Leawood, KS.

Hagwood's feat was recorded for the show More Than Human, and will be broadcast on January 15 on the Discovery Channel. During the taping, Hagwood amazed the researchers by remembering a 160-digit number in five minutes, a deck of cards in three minutes, and a list of 50 words in five minutes. The brain analysis demonstrated that, while control subjects were able to recall approximately 50 percent of the information, Hagwood performed in the 90-99percent range. Results showed he used his brain more efficiently while outperforming the control subjects.

The process Hagwood uses to exhibit such brilliant recall is something he insists anyone can learn. The studies performed by the scientists at the Discovery Channel laboratory prove there is a different way Hagwood uses his brain that, if mastered by others, can dramatically improve memory and recall, as well as slow down the onslaught of diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Hagwood represented the United States in the World Memory Championships, held in Malaysia. At that event, he earned the title of America's first Grandmaster of Memory.

Hagwood presents keynotes and workshops for corporations, associations and educators, designed to help ordinary people develop extraordinary memory. He is also available for media interviews on short notice.

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