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How Memory Works--and How to Make It Work for You

by Robert Madigan Guilford Publications
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Do you wish you could remember the names of people you just met? What if birthdays, anniversaries, and online passwords rarely slipped your mind? Robert Madigan is an expert in the "memory arts"--practical, proven methods for improving the ability to retain and use information. Like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, it's important to exercise memory in simple ways every day. Dr. Madigan explains the science of how memory works and presents innovative mnemonic devices and visualization techniques that will help everyone--from students to seniors--sharpen their mental skills; avoid embarrassing lapses; and remember faces, appointments, facts, numbers, lists, and much more.

*Research-based approach: Dr. Madigan is an award-winning professor who has dedicated his career to the study of memory.
*Explains the brain science behind memory and provides surefire ways to improve it.
*Highly engaging: accessible writing and vivid examples will instantly motivate readers.
*Practical and user-friendly: helpful charts and illustrations highlight key concepts so they can be put to use immediately for remembering different types of information.

All readers interested in sharpening their memory skills; also of interest to mental health professionals and coaches.

Introduction: The Art and Science of Memory
I. The Basics
1. Four Ways of Remembering
2. Working Memory: It's Short-Term Memory and More
3. Attention: "The Secret of Good Memory"
4. How Dragons Make Strong Memories
5. How We Recall Memories
II. Memory Applications
6. Paths to Better Memory
7. Remembering Names
8. Remembering to Remember
9. Remembering Facts
10. Remembering Numbers
11. Remembering Skills
12. Remembering Life
13. The PARIS Mnemonics
14. The Memory Palace
15. Mindsets and Memory

“Madigan provides skills and techniques for improving memory function, using information gleaned from contemporary research as well as from ancient practices in oral tradition….He presents a compelling case for the utility of memory techniques in keeping the mind sharp.”
Robert Madigan, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was an award-winning instructor. Dr. Madigan has taught memory classes in college and community settings for more than 30 years. He lives in Anchorage with his wife.