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Remembering the mnemonic way
Moonwalking with Einstein : the art and science of remembering everything
Joshua Foer.
New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S.Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact ofmemory on every aspect of our lives.
     
Where did Noah park the ark? : ancient memory techniques for remembering practically anything
Eran Katz.
New York : Three Rivers Press, c2010.
Mixing ancient Jewish memory techniques with the secrets of memory masters, Katz has developed a simple and fun plan for anyone hoping to improve their recall.
     
Maximize your memory
by Ramón Campayo.
Franklin Lakes, NJ : Career Press, c2010.
Each of us has the ability to develop and improve our minds in amazing ways. All you need is motivation, an effective method, and an expert guide. Ramn Campayo's method shows you the fastest, easiest, and most effective way to:
     
Brainpower game plan : foods, moves, and games to clear brain fog, boost memory, and age-proof your mind in 4 weeks!
by Cynthia R. Green, and the editors of Prevention ; foreword by Liz Vaccariello.
[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2009.
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why? Or forgotten someone's name right after you heard it? Maybe you're just not thinking as clearly as you used to, and you're growing worried. Well, have no fear. This revolutionary program can help you: Improve your everyday memory up to 78%! Prevention, America's leading healthy lifestyle magazine, teamed up with one of the country's most notable memory experts, Cynthia R. Green, PhD, to create Brainpower Game Plan-the first brain fitness book to translate cutting-edge research into a comprehensive, doable, day-by-day program that promises real results.
     
You must remember this : easy tricks and proven tips to never forget anything, ever again
Karen Dolby.
New York : Broadway Books, c2009.
Dolby presents a comprehensive and clever compendium of the tools, tips, and exercises to help readers hone their memory as well as an explanation of how different techniques work--and why--and the science behind memory.
     
101 ways to improve your memory.
 
Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest, c2009.
With over 1,000 photos, illustrations, diagrams, and puzzles, you'll find innovative, surefire ways to exercise your memory muscles and keep your brain running at peak performance. Through a variety of quizzes that reveal your brain's strengths and weaknesses and more than 500 puzzles--plus fascinating text--improve your memory by incorporating tips and tricks into your daily life.
     
Embracing the wide sky : a tour across the horizons of the mind
Daniel Tammet.
New York : Free Press, 2009.
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Born on a Blue Day" comes a tour of brain science and the latest revelations about the mysterious, boundless frontiers of the human mind.
     
Supercharge your memory! : more than 100 exercises to energize your mind
Corinne L. Gediman & Francis M. Crinella.
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., Inc., c2008.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 149) and index.
  2. Getting started -- Lesson one : Thanks for the memories -- Lesson two : Your learning style -- Lesson three : Working memories made easy -- Lesson four : Long term memories that last -- Lesson five : Attention, please! -- Lesson six : Make an association.
     

Have you ever been greeted by name by a familiar face, and yet you remember absolutely nothing about this person? Or, maybe you have a list of things you need to remember and there's always one thing you forget. There are ways to help you remember.

One way to help you remember is to use mnemonic techniques. These techniques help you associate something that you already know with something new.

When you are introduced

Ask for the name to be repeated
Use the name yourself
Discretely, find an unusual feature in the face

Using visual imagery is one technique to help you visualize what you hear. Some names already create an image for you like Courtney (court knee) or Baker.

When you come across a name that doesn't create an image for you, use words that sound like the name, like Matthew (mat hue) or Ferguson (fur go son). The more you use visual imagery the better you will remember information that you want to remember.

Another technique is the first-letter technique. That is to use the first letter of a group of words and create another word or choose words that start with the same letters and put them into a phrase. Let's say you lost your shopping list that had the following items on it: bread, eggs, apples, donuts and soap. You could of easily created another word for this list to help you remember: BEADS. One familiar phrase is My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nice Pudding. The first letters of this phrase represent the first letters of the solar system in order from the sun Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The first-letter technique can help you memorize information for long periods of time.

Practicing and using mnemonic techniques can help you have a memory of a lifetime!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff