Intelligent Memory: Exercise Your Mind and Make Yourself Smarter Paperback – 2 Oct 2003
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Dr Barry Gordon is a leading neuroscientist specialising in diseases like Alzheimers and language disorders. He is currently Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and Director of their memory clinic. He's been a guest on Oprah, CNN, The Today Show, and is regularly quoted by The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest and many more. Lisa Berger is a health and medical writer and the author of ten books.
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Intelligent Memory is a window into how a functioning mind "connects the dots" of thought. The spectre of Alzheimer's is a very real fear for most people and as we age and can't find our car keys or the name of our neighbor of many years, knowledge about this subject is timely and necessary. Another aspect of the information that is quite riveting are the sections on creativity and the mind. Dr. Gordon and Ms. Berger have used their best creative efforts to produce a very readable and important book.
I thoughly enjoyed this book and found its contents absolutely facinating. I recommend it to anyone curious about how their own mind and those of others really works and wants a good read in the bargin.
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The lesser part of the book consists of actual tips on how to improve various cognitive skills. These tips are generally just repeats of what you've probably already come across if you've read any other contemporary brain-training type book: use visualization and personally relevant associations to aid in memorization, try new things to increase the bank of experience upon which you can draw for creativity, be fully mentally present during lessons for optimal learning, etc.
The only concept that struck me as original was that improving one's "Intelligent Memory" was a better route to improved memorization skills than rote memory training. I can hardly supply a useful definition for this term; it seems to be made up of too many different cognitive concepts to pin down. Keep in mind that I was focused on improvement tips, not the theory behind them. "Intelligent Memory" seems to be something like a central processing brain module for mental associations.