MEMORY MADE SIMPLE by Jerry Wayne Vanlue


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A succinct guide to improving the myriad types of memory.

Where are your keys? What was the name of that guy you just met? Can you recall what was on the page you just turned? Without the proper brain training, perhaps you’ve already forgotten. The brain, says Vanlue, is an extraordinary tool able to store vast amounts of information. But, as with any instrument, it requires the practice of precise exercises to achieve its full potential. From using your nondominant hand for brushing your teeth and writing lists, to picturing in your mind the events you just read about, you can strengthen the brain, creating new neural pathways that can help you recall information quicker and with more accuracy. Similarly, while the value of memorizing calendar holidays may not be immediately apparent, Vanlue argues that using such specific data offers practice for mnemonic learning, which has vast implications beyond knowing that it’s Administrative Professionals' Day. Viewing numbers as concrete objects (i.e., a zero as an egg or a ball, 4 as a satellite) allows the brain to call upon its diverse functions, providing a better likelihood that dates and times will be remembered. Along with these practical hints, Vanlue investigates the idea of intelligence, suggesting that “smart” and “stupid” may not be hardwired but actually the result of outside encouragement or intimidation. Additionally, a welcome chapter on breaking habits by harnessing the power of both the conscious and the subconscious mind is accompanied by a list of practical, refreshingly simple strategies. While Vanlue’s stringent tone may not suit all readers, there’s plenty here to get anyone well on their way to becoming a memory master.

A clear introduction to maximizing the brain’s capacity for recollection.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1478239352
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2013