Tuesday, 31 March 2015

New Books recommendations in eBook: Superior Memory

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online.

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A new eBook recommendation is:

 Superior Memory by John Wilding and Elizabeth Valentine

An extract from the book states:

This book examines the nature and causal antecedents of superior memory performance. The main theme is that such performance may depend on either specific memory techniques or natural superiority in the efficiency of one or more memory processes.

The remainder of the book describes the authors' own studies of a dozen memory experts, employing a wide variety of short- and long-term memory tasks. These studies provide a much larger body of data than previously available from studies of single individuals, usually restricted to a narrow range of tasks and rarely involving any systematic study of long-term retention.

The authors argue that in some cases unusual memory ability is not dependent on the use of special techniques. They develop some objective criteria for distinguishing between subjects who demonstrate "natural" superiority and those "strategists" who depend on techniques. Natural superiority was characterised by superior performance on a wider range of tasks and better long-term retention.

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