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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to improving your memory
Author:
Kurland, Michael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alpha Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxiii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780028629490
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This work teaches how the brain memory systems function, and then provides a number of ways - from mnemonics to vitamin supplements - that actually work to stimulate the brain and increase recall. It also offers topic checklists and helpful hints on memory association.


Author Notes

Michael Kurland has written dozens of books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Mr. Kurland lives in San Francisco, CA.
Richard Lupoff created a curriculum for memory improvement courses while on the faculty of the Adjutant General's School, U.S. Army.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Memories Are Made of Thisp. 1
1 28 Chapters to a Better Memoryp. 3
Of Bonaparte And Rooseveltp. 3
Napoleon Rememberedp. 4
Roosevelt Cribbedp. 4
Did They Have Superior Brains?p. 5
Remember It Wellp. 5
What Is Memory, Anyhow?p. 5
At the Beginningp. 5
Who Could It Be?p. 6
Your Senses and Youp. 7
The Eyes Have Itp. 7
Is It All Just Electricity?p. 7
The Fatal Momentp. 8
I Know I Know It, Butp. 8
How Important Is This, Anyway?p. 9
Improving Your Memoryp. 9
Just a Matter of Concentration?p. 9
Remembering Your Linesp. 10
Sense Memory Makes Sensep. 10
Tuned to the Neural Networkp. 11
Meeting Your Datep. 11
Meeting Your Elusive Memoryp. 12
Use It or Lose Itp. 12
2 To Live Is to Rememberp. 15
The Man Without a Memoryp. 16
His Event-Memory Retention Was Gonep. 17
His Motor Memory Remainedp. 17
Do Trees Really Remember?p. 18
But Do They Remember?p. 19
Then How Did They Learn This Stuff in the First Place?p. 20
Don't Mess with Your DNAp. 20
Who Has a Soft Memory?p. 21
Androcles' Lion, Konrad Lorenz's Goose, and Your Dogp. 22
Remembering with Your Bodyp. 23
3 Birds Do It, Bees Do Itp. 27
Bilateral Symmetryp. 29
The Ability to Thinkp. 30
It's in the Handsp. 30
Or Is It?p. 30
The Eyes Have Itp. 32
A Deadly Game of Tagp. 32
It Takes Brains to Survivep. 32
In and Out of the Lightp. 33
Some Animals Will Eat Anythingp. 34
Bee My, Bee My Bay Bee!p. 36
Some Birds Aren't So Stupid After Allp. 37
Some Problem-Solving Birdsp. 39
4 Even Educated PCs Do Itp. 41
Just Another War Storyp. 42
Needed: Firing Tablesp. 43
Needed: An Electronic Machinep. 44
How Computers Rememberp. 44
Architects Design More Than Housesp. 46
Why, That's a Lot Like Me!p. 46
What's the Latest Update on Your Software?p. 47
Who Was the Second President?p. 47
What's the Story?p. 48
What's the Difference Between a Computer, a Spider, and a Genius?p. 48
Part 2 Body and Soulp. 51
5 The Brain and Why You Have Onep. 53
A Digression on Memoryp. 55
Let's Get Physicalp. 56
The Brain Stemp. 57
Medullap. 57
Pons and Midbrainp. 58
Cerebellum and Basal Gangliap. 58
The Limbic Systemp. 59
The Cerebrump. 59
The Seat of the Soulp. 61
Brain Is Mind Is Brainp. 62
Cutting Away the Willp. 62
Broca's Areap. 62
Wernicke's Areap. 62
Where the Action Isp. 63
6 A Hole in the Headp. 65
The Misfortune of Phineas Gagep. 66
Personality Impairedp. 67
Gage's Tragedy, Neuroscience's Good Fortunep. 68
Chimps Lead the Wayp. 68
HM Revisitedp. 69
Drill, Spatulas, and a Silver Strawp. 70
Hidden Memoryp. 70
Over the Long Termp. 71
ZAP! It's a Summer Day, and I'm Five Years Oldp. 72
That Reminds Me of the Timep. 73
The Smell of Past Lovesp. 73
The Perturbing Power of Stressp. 74
7 In Sickness and in Healthp. 77
Our Well-Protected Brainsp. 78
Serious Memory Slippage Is Not Naturalp. 78
All Is Forgottenp. 79
Dr. Alzheimer's Diseasep. 79
Epidemic Among the Agingp. 80
Symptomsp. 81
Second Stagep. 82
Third Stagep. 82
Treatments for Alzheimer'sp. 82
Other Diseases That Affect Memoryp. 83
Brain Tumorsp. 83
Strokesp. 83
Other Possibilitiesp. 84
Reversible Dementiap. 85
8 Short-Term to Long-Termp. 87
How Many Memories Do You Really Have?p. 88
Lessons Learned from Damaged Brainsp. 89
Three Is a Very Fine Numberp. 90
What Do I Do with This Stuff?p. 91
I Really, Really Want to Remember This!p. 92
Why Those Different Figures?p. 93
Which Long-Term Memory Were You Talking About?p. 93
Stimulus/Response Memoryp. 93
Event Memoryp. 94
Abstract Memoryp. 94
One or the Other--Or Both!p. 94
A Slice of Pingerberry Piep. 95
How Many?p. 96
Get Out Your Exam Books, Students!p. 97
Remembering What's Importantp. 97
How Do You Get It Back?p. 99
9 Nutrition and Memoryp. 101
Eat, Drink, and Rememberp. 102
A Sound Bodyp. 103
Now a Few Don'tsp. 104
Basic Brain Foodp. 105
The Vitamin Storyp. 105
The B Vitaminsp. 106
Vitamin Cp. 107
Vitamin Ep. 107
Antioxidantsp. 108
Other Nutrientsp. 109
Choline and Lecithinp. 109
The Enhancersp. 109
Ginkgo Bilobap. 110
Dosagep. 110
Side Effectsp. 111
DHEAp. 111
Dosagep. 112
Some Others We've Seenp. 112
No Cures Yetp. 113
Part 3 Of Truth and Memoryp. 115
10 I Saw the Whole Thingp. 117
The Tragedy of the McMartin Schoolp. 119
Dr. Varendonckp. 122
"Number Four, Step Forward and Sneer"p. 124
"Prosecutors Hid Evidence, Sending 67 to Death Row"p. 126
11 Tune in Tomorrow!p. 127
Ivan the Terriblep. 129
Now Just a Minute!p. 131
Whatta Ya Know for Sure?p. 132
"He Came Straight at Me, I'll Never Forget That Moment"p. 132
The Case of the Flying Manp. 136
12 When You Wake Up You Will Rememberp. 141
Created Memoriesp. 142
Childhood's Golden Memoriesp. 142
Dr. Loftus Remembersp. 144
Get Off the Busp. 145
Sleep ... Sleep ... Sleepp. 145
Grayish-Colored Beingsp. 146
Close Encounters of Two Distinct Kindsp. 148
The Self-Deludedp. 148
Secret Lifep. 149
But We Regressp. 150
Now I Remember--My Daddy Raped Mep. 151
Ah Yes, I Remember It Wellp. 151
13 Very Special Memoriesp. 153
A Bullet in the Brainp. 154
The Nearsighted Conductorp. 156
Haydn, Sousa, and Buddy Boldenp. 157
I Really Need This Job!p. 158
Get It Now, While the Getting's Good!p. 159
"I Thought Everybody Could Do That"p. 162
14 Let's Look at Your Memoryp. 167
Test Ap. 168
1. Name That Thing--Beginningsp. 168
2. Name That Thing--Endingsp. 169
3. Words, Words, Wordsp. 169
4. And Yet More Wordsp. 170
5. We've Got a Little Listp. 170
6. The Same Sort of List Rearrangedp. 171
7. What Do We Know About Those We Love?p. 171
8. Visual or Auditoryp. 173
Test Bp. 174
1. Numbers, Numbers, Numbersp. 175
2. SrebmuN, SrebmuN, SrebmuNp. 176
3. The Lady with the Axep. 177
4. What Does It Mean?p. 178
5. The Little Listp. 179
Pencils Down!p. 180
1. Numbers, Numbers, Numbersp. 180
2. SrebmuN, SrebmuN, SrebmuNp. 180
3. The Lady with the Axep. 180
4. What Does It Mean?p. 180
5. The Little Listp. 181
Part 4 Try to Rememberp. 183
15 Hear It, Say It, Write It, Remember Itp. 185
The Chain-Link Methodp. 189
The Game of Tell-a-Storyp. 190
Our Gamep. 190
The Case with a Dozen Cluesp. 191
The Hook and Peg Systemsp. 192
Do It with Rhymesp. 192
Finally, a Use for the Alphabetp. 193
16 A Face in the Crowdp. 195
Say, Haven't We Met Before?p. 196
What's in a Name?p. 197
The Lesson in Triplicatep. 198
Repeating the Namep. 198
Trying It Inp. 199
Of Course I Remember You, How Could I Forget That Face?p. 201
Al Bermanp. 202
Estelle Parkerp. 202
W.A. Towersp. 202
Frances Hiltonp. 203
Shigeo Takagip. 203
Harmony Hummingbirdp. 203
Francis Xavier McCabep. 204
A. W. Sandersp. 204
Claude Lincolnp. 205
Maria diMarcop. 205
Willem van der Zeep. 206
Kinesha Fosterp. 206
The Sillier the Betterp. 207
17 I've Got Your Numberp. 211
Remembering Numbersp. 212
Take a Numberp. 212
Clump It Upp. 212
If It Were Only That Easyp. 213
Now for Your Rewardp. 214
The Number Alphabetp. 215
But What Does It All Mean?p. 216
So Let's See How It Works, Already!p. 217
Four Naked Acrobats Jumped Out of a Cakep. 218
A Number or Twop. 219
A Few to Practice Onp. 220
Some Possible Resultsp. 220
"First Sunday" List Revisitedp. 220
18 He's Making a Listp. 223
The Listp. 224
Shopping for Groceriesp. 225
An Indian Memory Expertp. 227
A Moment to Review, Maestro!p. 228
Another Example, Just for Practicep. 229
Moving Beyond Ten!p. 231
Multiple Listsp. 231
19 Every Good Boy Deserves Favorp. 235
Remember to Rememberp. 237
Mind Magic with Professor Mento!p. 237
What's the Matter with Mnemonics?p. 238
"It Isn't Less to Learn, It's More to Learn!"p. 238
"Memorizing Isn't the Same as Understanding"p. 238
"But It's Just a Trick"p. 239
"It Only Works for Lists of Things"p. 240
"But What About Abstractions?"p. 240
Some Favorite Acronymsp. 241
The Rainbowp. 242
The Atmospherep. 243
The Solar Systemp. 243
Zoologyp. 244
British Nobilityp. 244
The Resistor Codep. 244
Pip. 245
Cranial Nervesp. 245
Onward!p. 246
Part 5 Using Memory to Improve Your Skillsp. 247
20 Something About Numbersp. 249
So Who's Counting Anyway?p. 250
A Quick Visit to Ancient Romep. 251
Other Number Systemsp. 252
ENIAC and All That Againp. 253
Back to Good Old Decimalp. 254
Some Lengths and Heightsp. 255
Riversp. 255
Mountainsp. 256
It's in the Cardsp. 256
We've Got a Systemp. 256
Hat, Hen, Hamp. 258
The Story Linep. 258
The Whole Deckp. 259
21 Puppy Biscuitp. 261
Honey, I Forgot the Ticketsp. 262
Placing One Thing with Anotherp. 262
The String Methodp. 263
The Knot Methodp. 263
The Visualization Methodp. 264
Taking Clues from Naturep. 266
The Power of Concentrationp. 267
Wait a Minute, Fellas!p. 268
A Good, Hard Hit on the Headp. 269
You Needn't Hit Your Own Headp. 270
More Help for Hildegardep. 270
Is It Magic?p. 271
22 I'd Like to Thank the Committeep. 273
Pick, Gather, Sort, Order, Expandp. 275
Four Ways to Make a Speechp. 276
"You Caught Me By Surprise, But..."p. 276
"I Prepared a Speech Tonight..."p. 278
The Eyes Have Itp. 279
Speaking from Notesp. 280
May I Have the Next Card Please?p. 280
Go to Marsp. 281
Lenny Bruce's Chinese Boxp. 282
"I Dreamt I Went to Carnegie Hall in My..."p. 282
23 Foci on the Locip. 285
Location, Location, Locationp. 286
Where Am I?p. 288
For All You Sports Fans Out Therep. 290
Playing By the Numbersp. 290
Our Baseball Listp. 291
As Many Lists As You Needp. 293
Double, Double, Toil and Troublep. 293
Home Again, Home Again, Joggity-Jig!p. 294
Talk Begins at Homep. 294
Four at a Timep. 295
Walking Through the Housep. 295
24 On the Jobp. 297
To Whom Am I Speaking, Please?p. 298
Shoes? I Wear Shoes!p. 298
"Welcome Aboard, Happy to Have You on the Team!"p. 300
Just One More Thingp. 302
The Curtain Risesp. 303
Born in a Trunkp. 304
The Play's the Thingp. 304
Long Speechesp. 305
Pygmalionp. 306
Whatever the Speechp. 307
As I Look Around This Great Hallp. 307
Part 6 Remembering and Forgettingp. 309
25 Trina's Roomp. 311
Trina's Roomp. 312
The MOMA Methodp. 313
Majorp. 314
Orderp. 314
Minorp. 315
How Many Was That?p. 316
What's This Good for, Anyhow?p. 317
But What Is It Good For?p. 318
An Eye for Detailp. 320
The More Details the Betterp. 321
The Distant Sound of Silvery Hornsp. 321
26 I've Got a Little Listp. 323
Lucky Sevenp. 324
Short Peoplep. 324
The Seven Wondersp. 325
The Bill of Rightsp. 327
Bill O'Rights Townp. 333
Freedom in Actionp. 334
27 The Waters of Lethep. 339
"I Took a Step and Then I Took Another Step"p. 340
All Those Little Cubby Holesp. 343
"I Know I Know It!"p. 344
Learning and Relearningp. 345
"But I Want to Forget This!"p. 346
"Yes, Yes, That's Called a..."p. 348
28 The Last Roundupp. 351
A Little Review, a Little That's Newp. 352
Pop Quiz Timep. 352
The Testp. 353
Some Thoughts About Test-Takingp. 356
And in Closingp. 357
Our Favorite Saint Meets a Warrior Queenp. 357
I Hear a Rhapsodyp. 359
As You Leave These Hallowed Hallsp. 359
A Modern Shereshevskyp. 360
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Presidents of the United States!p. 361
Appendices
A Glossaryp. 363
B A Mnemonic Word List to 100p. 367
C Selected Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 371

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