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Your Memory: A User's Guide Paperback – October 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552979857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979853
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing with authority and an anecdotal flair, Baddeley shares the intricacies of the human memory system while explaining how it is studied. Following descriptions of how memory works, he delves into practical questions such as witness testimony, amnesia, Alzheimer's disease, and language development. This revised edition of a 1982 book incorporates many of the newest studies that have been undertaken regarding long- and short-term memory, aging and memory loss, and repression. Throughout, Baddeley provides quizzes and lists to involve the reader and further elucidate his explanations. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Find a good memory book: I recommend 'Your Memory: A User's Guide,' by Alan Baddeley. (Marilyn Linton Toronto Sun 2005-06-19)

Completely updated edition... a comprehensive account of what memory is, how it works, and how to make it more reliable... hundreds of color photographs and charts add to the book's appeal and ease of use. (Science News 2005-01-29)

Beautifully illustrated... educational and entertaining... Baddeley writes in a clear, engaging prose style that draws the reader irresistibly into his world of psychological research. (Randal J. Urssac Science Books and Films 2005-07-00)

Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. (Science Books and Films 2006-01-00)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mick on July 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
"In one sense we cannot change our memory. By this I mean that I know of no way in which the neural systems underlying memory can be systematically enhanced. What we can do, however, is use the system we have more effectively." Dr. Allen Baddeley

This book describes memory in mostly real world contexts. Concepts make intuitive sense. We tend to remember what we are interested in and what is important to us.

Theories are discussed and some may disagree with Dr. Baddeley's but he makes even-handed assessments. (Here's my theory for these reasons, here's another theory for those reasons.) I got the feeling the state of the science is presented, not someone's opinion.

I've read "Your Memory How it Works and How To Improve It" by Dr. Kenneth Higbee and found it technique oriented, i.e. HOW was discussed. Dr. Baddeley goes into more depth on WHAT. I think it would be wise to read "Your Memory A User's Guide" first and then "Your Memory How It Works and How To Improve It".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Quine on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I had to write a seminar on memory recently and read every book on the shelf. This is without question the authoritative text. It's easy to read, it's easy to understand, and the author is a renowned expert in the field who has taken this book through several editions.

- Thom
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Carl on September 7, 2010
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I got this book to use as a study guide for another book co-written by Baddeley (Memory). It does not go real indepth so don't count on it as a textbook but definitely as a quick reference! Baddeley really knows how to cut through the blah, blah, blah to deliver the information.
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By Nancy Thompson on November 18, 2013
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I borrowed a very attractive copy of the book from the library at Darmouth-Hitchcock but this is just a small paperback w/o photo illustrations and not fun to read. It's clunky to hold.
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