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Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory

Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Memory is, without a doubt, the most powerful (and practical) tool of everyday life. By linking both your past and your future, memory gives you the power to plan, to reason, to perceive, and to understand. 

Yet while all of us have an amazing capacity for memory, there are plenty of times when it seems to fail us. Why does this happen? And how can you fix it? In Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, you’ll explore the real research on how memory functions - and then apply these findings to help you make better use of the memory abilities you have. By tapping into a series of scientifically proven strategies, tricks, and techniques, and by practicing them through dynamic exercises, you’ll emerge from the end of this short course with the ability to process information more effectively and to increase your chance of remembering almost anything you want.

©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Teaching Company, LLC

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True to its title

When I seen the title of this book, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would pick up techniques that would actually work. I have picked up two techniques that have changed the way I store memory and have actually improved my memory understanding and capacity. I am grateful to have listened to this program.

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The entire book was good. I only wish that there were exercise challenges to help encode. I felt that once I finished the book, it would take much effort for me to come up with coding exercises on my own as I study full time, write documents after school, and retun home to take care of kids. This is very tedious most days. Given both my lifestyle and learning style, I know that a few exercises would have helped me feel like I am making some type of memory improvement progress and gotten me motivated to get started on my own. Otherwise, I enjoyed the the book.

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  • Scott H
  • 2019-06-03

good, but there are better books on these topics

if you are interested in mneumonic techniques, see Harry Lorayne's the memory book or, his 'How to improve your memory' if you want a short audiobook. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua foer was fun if you want a narrative about memory competitions along with some instructions.

with regards to false memories and many other mental biases and errors covered in behavioral economics 'thinking fast and slow' by Daniel kahneman is required reading if you haven't read it yet. there are many fantastic books on that topic but that one is a real treasure. it is like a manual for your brain's foibles.

all that said, if you are looking for something quick and concise this Great course is pretty great! he did cover a bunch of stuff about the basics of how memory works that I can't think of a better source for that I've read (one probably exists though :) And I hadn't heard of the Ebbinghaus forgetting function or its history, so that was a great takeaway from this course for me and made it worth buying.

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