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How to Develop a Super Power Memory Hardcover – June 13, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Frederick Fell (June 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811901815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811901819
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Lorayne is the world's foremost memory-training specialist and the author of The Memory Book, a New York Times bestseller for 46 weeks. His other books include Super Memory, Super Student; Remembering People, Memory Makes Money, and Harry Lorayne's Page-a-Minute Memory Book. He has appeared on national television many times, including 40 appearances on The Tonight Show, and has made hundreds of personal appearances, teaching seminars at major corporations, schools, and other organizations. His instructional 'Memory Power Package' of DVDs has sold thousands of copies on TV and the Internet. He lives in New York City.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm currently using Lorayne's methods, and find them good for mental exercises. I won't deny that they do require quite a good deal of right-brain power. His system seems to work using creative principles rather than the dry discipline of rote-memorization.
Unfortunately, I've found that being a product of public schooling, my creativity is rather stunted. Creating mental "pictures" for "silly" stories can be taxing, but it does work. Recently, I found I was able to maintain a list of a hundred items in a mental array, although it took some effort to put them there. But, now I can traverse this array of valuable items sequentially, backwards, or randomly with little effort.
Some people aren't comfortable in exerting too much mental energy all at once, and would rather take it slower. I don't mind admitting that I'm one of those people. But, after memorizing a list of 100 items (and other feats I won't expand on here), I soon realized that I would have a hard time forgetting them. This intrigued me. I think that, after the initial effort, things were actually getting easier. I suppose that there's truth in the idea that the brain can be considered a muscle (not literally, I know), and that exercising it regularly strengthens it resulting in easier mental exertion. I would say that Lorayne has proven to me that the brain is more like a set of muscles. Some parts work fine, but others are atrophied soon after pre-school by underemphasizing creativity (right-brain?).
To continue in the this train of thought, it seems to me that there is a mental cost to either rote-memorization or Lorayne's unique synergy of known memorization methods. Rote requires the expenditure of medium amounts of mental energy/effort across several sessions.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A great number of years ago I bought this book at the airport in Eugene, Oregon. On the flight to Los Angeles I read the book while a salesman sitting beside me wanted to talk. When I finished the book he said, " Do you really think that book will help you?". I said that I didn't know, but that we should put me through a test. I took out the in-flight magaizine in front on me and scanned the first 20 pages. I then gave him the magazine and asked that he give me a page number and I would tell him what advertisers were on that page. He went through all 20 pages and I could recall at least one advertiser on each page. Then I had him give me an advertiser and I would tell him what page it was on. The last time I saw that salesman was in the Los Angeles airport as he was rushing off to a bookstore looking for the book. Over the years I have give demostrations that leave people's mouths open. I can walk into a social setting, meet 20-30 people and be able to recall everyone's name immediately afterwards. People think I have a great memory. Over the years I think the memory muscle has truly developed itself. I got my start from this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I haven't read the book for at least 15-20 years and just recently ordered another copy from Amazon.com. It will work for you with a little practice and a strong positive attitude. Best of luck.
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Format: Hardcover
In the first few chapters, Harry Lorayne gets you to memorise 100 peg words - attaching words to numbers 1 to 100 and memorising them.

"What?!" was my reaction when I found out I was supposed to do it. My short-term and long-term memory began declining years ago due to depression and heavy medication. My test and exam results haven't been so good because of these memory problems. I didn't think I could do this 100 peg word stunt.

But don't worry, and try it. Lorayne first teaches you to associate consonant sounds for each digit from 1 to 9, and 0. For example, the sound for #1 is T or D (the letter T has one downstroke). The sound for #2 is N (typewritten n has two downstrokes).

This way, when you later have to memorise the peg word for #12, you know the word starts with a 't' sound and ends with a 'n' or 'd' sound. For example, 'tin'. For #21, the word would start with a 'n' sound and end with a 't' or 'd' sound. For example, 'net'.

So 100 words may be difficult to remember, but the ones Lorayne suggest will not so difficult with this "sound guide". And these 100 words are very important because they play a big part in the later chapters in helping you remember dates, appointments, telephone numbers, addresses etc.

Besides these, Super Power Memory also teaches you how to remember your grocery/to-do list, train your observation, remember speeches, foreign language vocabulary, names and faces, facts about people, how to not be absent-minded, how to amaze your friends with a 400 digit memory feat and how to memorise the Morse Code in 30 minutes.

I've put some of Lorayne's methods to the test and have been successful in keeping names, appointments and grocery lists in my head. I'm very pleased I read this book and forced myself to memorise those 100 peg words.
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Format: Hardcover
The book is written in very simple language.It is pretty thin so it does not discourage you from reading it in case you don't have too much patience. I found it extremely useful in my final semesters of engineering when I was required to appear in exams which at times were just a few hours apart.The chain links and peg methods were very useful and allowed me to remember important points and numbers,many of which I had studied more than a month before by exams .Just a last minute glance at the pegs was enough to allow me to recollect all the data on the subject.
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