MEMORY: How to Develop, Train and Use It by William Walker Atkinson

I read a bunch of different introductory chapters for books on improving your memory. I really enjoyed this one as it didn’t offer any quick solutions, but gave a strong framework. The premise of the book is that our subconscious mind houses all of our memories, and therefore, the way to improve our memory is improving 1. Attention & 2. Association. Attention imprints our memories deeper in our mind, and Association organizes and indexes the memories to allow for sensible recollection.

Was really good as far as reminders about the importance of memory as well as practical advice on what really makes memory work. In essence, tricks are not the best.

Memory necessitates:

  1. Attention
  2. Focus
  3. Practice.

Attention and focus are key.

I do think some memory tricks are helpful like the peg system, but this book does make good points about the journey of memory being better in its “pure” state.

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