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Your Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it [Paperback]

Kenneth L. Higbee
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Nov 1996
Memory is not a thing, but a thought system that can be learned and sharpened. This accessible guide shows readers how to expand their natural memory abilities beyond what they thought was possible. The book also includes special sections on aging and memory, and the latest information on mnemonics.

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co; 3rd Revised edition edition (Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156924801X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569248010
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading. What more can you ask for? 22 May 2002
This book is so essential that all others books in this area should reference it. The coverage of the topics of memory, recall and storage go deep enough to satisfy all, but if you have any further queries then the references should put you on the right track.
The presentation of the subjects are clear, concise and given without being condenscending in any way. Remember to try what is taught and you will go a long way with only this book.
There are only two areas that this book could do with improving on: firstly as this book is now relatively old it should be noted that further reading is essential to keep up with recent study (most of which confirms that which has been stated) and the practicalities of the Phonetic system given here are not easy to grasp when there are simpler and more logical manifestations of this powerful technique (Tony Buzan in Master Your Memory is the one I know well)
A superb book that will be passed around my friends for a good time yet.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Dr Higbee reviewed literally hundreds of papers, books, etc, on memory. Here he distills what's fact & fiction. He teaches methods that really work. But, they do take some practice. The easiest ones can be picked up in minutes. Others take prep time & practice of an hour or more, but will help from then on. For instance, want to know how to remember long strings of numbers? It's here, it's easy (once you learn the technique) and it's probably not what you think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy 4 Jan 2009
I'm not the type of person that reads a lot but i struggle to put this book down. This is the second day i've had this book and i'm only on page 56 at the moment.

When i started reading this book i thought it would have a lot of irrelevant information and that i would have to skim read to get the main details however i was wrong. This book gives more than is needed and is well worth the money.

This book brings up myths about memory and discusses scientific evidence on them. This book not only unravels myths about learning it also provides an abundance on information to help you remember.

Simply put this is the best book i've ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reminders About Mnemonics 31 Jan 2012
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Kenneth Higbee's book is written to help people improve their memories. It doesn't spend much time with theories of memory or research that support these theories. It explains how memory works and some techniques -call them tricks if you like--that can make it work better.

The book begins by dispelling a number of memory "myths" that often stand in the way of memory improvement. These false beliefs include regarding memory as a physical "thing" and exaggerated claims about photographic memories. Higbee then presents the basic model of sensory, working, and long-term memories contained in most cognition texts. He derives ten fundamental principles of memory improvement from this model and demonstrates their effectiveness. Several chapters are devoted to specific mnemonic techniques, including the link, story, loci, peg word, and phonetic systems. The book closes with suggestions for remembering names and a general discussion of memory in education and everyday life.

I've used this book to teach a brief college course in mnemonic techniques. Students found it easy to understand and useful in designing mnemonic strategies for practical memory tasks. Compared to other psychology textbooks, they also found it affordable. My only negative comment is that it could use an update. It's not that mnemonics have changed, but that many of the book's examples seem a little dated to today's students. An update would give it more audience appeal and help convey its very useful messages to a younger, attention-challenged generation.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent material! 2 May 1999
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I did not begin to appreciate the book until got to the Phonetic Mnemonic System. Exhaustive, practical, research-based. Unlike most memory books, Dr. Higbee did not promise results without effort. I've taught the principles I learned to many students and the results were outstanding!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 Feb 2004
I chose this book above all the many other memory books because it doesn't make unbelievable claims. I wasn't disappointed. everything is explained well and I'm finding it very helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 5 May 2011
By Olga
One of the several books I have read about memory improvement methods. I could say it was helpful and interesting to read. There are simple techniques you can learn from this book that will help you to memorize a lots of things. Also I can recommend to buy another useful book called Memo: The Easiest Way to Improve Your Memory to get better results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book... 1 Dec 2008
This book is a very good book on memory as it goes into detail about the subject and uses research to back ups its theories. It will dispell any myths you thought about memory and what i like about it is it gives you a realistic look on what you can achieve with memory because other books out there claim they can give you photographic memory and never forget anything which is just not true. While this book has some powerful techniques which can astound you such as remembering long lists of numbers, long lists of items, dates remembering speeches and other subjects you wish there are limits. He goes on at how people have conversations with him and straight after ask him what they just said word for word, it does not work like that so dont expect miracles though you will be impressed. I read this because Derren Brown reccomended it in his book to read. I give this book 4 stars because in Derren Browns book he uses a much simpler system and easier to understand and use while the same one in here is not so easy to understand and has limitations. If you are interested in memory , not just techniques but abit of background then read this !
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Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars a very, very good book
It's wonderfully presented, and easy to understand. I haven't had time to apply the principles in it (will try today though). Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Em
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I have currently read up to the seventh chapter, So I can't give a completely thorough review of it as a whole. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Caleb R. Dillman
4.0 out of 5 stars I forgot
I was given this book as a heavy hint present. Unfortunately I've put it somewhere and have yet to find it to read it.
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by L. H. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on memory
It was good to read something which referred to research, but didn't give so much detail as to be annoyingly difficult. Read more
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