Two little inexpensive gems of quick and easy tips based on the tried and true memory improving techniques as used by Dominic O'Brien, an eight-time World Memory Champion!
Most of us have encountered the embarrassment of meeting someone whose name we should know, only to find ourselves staring blankly at the person without a clue. This palm-sized book shows how to improve our memories so that never again do we forget a name. As a memory champion eight times over, O'Brien is well qualified to write such a book. He says that we have no trouble at all in remembering faces - this has been a survival skill from our earliest days - it's when we try to match a face to a name that the problem occurs, simply because this is a skill more recently acquired in our evolutionary history. Whether you agree with him or not you can prove to yourself whether his suggested techniques work. We remember faces by associating qualities with them. You may not want to let on that your bank manager, Mr Smith, reminds you of an elephant, for example, yet to encourage our minds to attach names to faces that's exactly the sort of comparison you should be making! There are many techniques in this book and lots of surprising facts that should be easy to remember, even if O'Brien's explanations do rather suggest that you might write a veritable novel in your head just to match name to face. He mentions brain foods, memory-enhancing scents and even a kind of meditation, and gives lots of alternative ways to jog your memory. In the popular psychology section it may be one of the tiniest books on the shelf, but it's so pocketable you can dip in when you fancy and try out the memory champion's methods. An excellent stocking-filler or impromptu gift. (Kirkus UK)