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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2005
"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
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
on September 7, 2010
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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on February 11, 2012
This book is good, but written in a slightly professorial tone. The research presented is interesting, as the discussion. But I found it unpractical and difficult to use. I have read other books on the subject, more abordable. Good work, but I expected more.
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on November 18, 2013
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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on October 24, 2013
The book is quite useful but many of the concepts discussed herein are outdated.

Amazon should mention the publication date in the description section.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 1999
It is an excelent book about most aspect of amnesia as well as useful case studies.
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