Your Memory: A User's Guide

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9780025046603: Your Memory: A User's Guide

This guide to one of the most vital characteristics of the human species tells you how your memory works and how to make it work for you. We all have inside our head a system for classifying, storing and retrieving information that exceeds the best computer capacity, flexibility and speed. Yet the same system is so limited and unreliable that it cannot consistently remember a nine-figure telephone number long enough to dial it. So how does memory work? How can it be so different, yet so inadequate at the same time? How does our mind avoid becoming impossibly cluttered? This revised and updated edition answers these questions and many more. It describes and illustrates the central and important characteristics of human memory and its more intriguing byways. There are practical exercises to test your memory and useful advice on how to make learning more effective as well as how to improve and sustain your capacity for memory.

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At the most critical times, especially during negotiations and arguments, memory can fail. Some people can quickly recall faces, but names and dates are easily forgotten. "Your Memory" explains how memory works and how to make it more reliable. This book is full of useful information and advice, and practical exercises for improving the quality and capacity of memory. Combining anecdotes and exercises with scientific developments and statistics, the book presents this complex topic in a highly accessible way. The author covers a range of issues, such as why a natural system of classifying, storing, and retrieving information that exceeds the capacity of a computer can, at times, also forget a phone number.

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Find a good memory book: I recommend 'Your Memory: A User's Guide,' by Alan Baddeley. -- Marilyn Linton "Toronto Sun" (06/19/2005)

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