Saturday, September 29, 2012

Josh Cohen's Memory Books Reading List

by Josh Cohen, November 24, 2010

Below are some books related to memory that I’ve read so far, in no particular order (except for the first three which are good places to start). My favorites are in bold.  This page is regularly updated as I find new books.
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  • Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien
  • You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro by Dominic O’Brien
  • How to Pass Exams by Dominic O’Brien
  • How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien
  • The Amazing Memory Kit by Dominic O’Brien
  • Learn to Remember by Dominic O’Brien
  • The Art of Memory by Frances Yates
  • The Mind Sport of Memory 2008 Yearbook by Chambers and Day
  • Remember, Remember by Ed Cooke (2 more chapters to go)
  • Maximize Your Memory by Ramón Campayo
  • Memory Pack by Andi Bell
  • Use Your Perfect Memory by Tony Buzan
  • The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
  • Improve Your Memory by Robert Allen
  • Maximize Your Memory by Johnathan Hancock
  • The Mind of a Mnemonist by A. R. Luria
  • Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans
  • Rhetorica ad Herennium (only the section on memory)
  • Your Brain, the Missing Manual by Matthew Mac Donald (1/4 to go)
  • How to Be Clever by Ben Pridmore
  • On Memory and Reminiscence by Aristotle
  • By Heart: 101 Poems to Remember by Ted Hughes
Books I have but haven’t read yet:
  • Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level by Ron Hale Evans and Marty Hale Evans
  • The Medieval Craft of Memory by Carruthers and Ziolkowski
  • Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by Frances Yates
  • On the Composition of Images, Signs and Ideas by Giordano Bruno
  • Memory, a Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Foster
  • Brain Boot Camp by Tony Buzan
  • Use Both Sides of Your Brain by Tony Buzan
  • Super Memory, Super Student by Harry Lorayne
  • How to Develop a Perfect Memory by Dominic O’Brien
Giordano Bruno mnemonic
Giordano Bruno mnemonic
Books that I’ve seen online that I’m looking at next:
  • The Brilliant Memory Tool Kit: Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Boost Your Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien
  • The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture by Mary Carruthers
  • The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200 by Mary Carruthers
  • De Umbris Idearum by Giordano Bruno, though I haven’t seen it in English yet.
  • De Oratore by Cicero
  • The Student Survival Guide By Chambers & Colliar
  • Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity by Jocelyn Penny Small
  • The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press by Lina Bolzoni
  • The Web of Images: Vernacular Preaching from Its Origins to Saint Bernardino Da Siena by Lina Bolzoni
  • Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language by Paolo Rossi
  • The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan Spence
  • In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads by George Johnson
  • Memory from A to Z: Keywords, Concepts, and Beyond by Yadin Dudai
  • Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Ioan Culianu
  • Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind by Douwe Draaisma
  • Theories of Memory: A Reader by Rossington and Whitehead
  • A Sheep Falls From the Tree by Christiane Stenger
  • Memory Power: You Can Develop a Great Memory by Scott Hagwood
  • How to Remember Anything: The Proven Total Memory Retention System by Dean Vaughn
  • How to Master the Art of Remembering Names by Dean Vaughn
  • Remember Every Name Every Time by Benjamin Levy
  • The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas
  • Cartographies of Time By Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton
  • Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It by Kenneth Higbee
  • How to Remember Anything: The Proven Total Memory Retention System by Dean Vaughn
  • Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes by David C. Rubin
  • Medical Terminology 350: Learning Guide by Dean Vaughn
  • Basic Human Anatomy by Dean Vaughn
The following books are about speed-reading, mental speed math and other related topics. I don’t have them yet, but they’re on my reading list because I’ve read reviews of them or someone has recommended them to me:
  • How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic by Henry Sticker
  • Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
Books on music and the brain on my to-read list:
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin
  • Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh Patel
  • Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination by Robert Jourdain
  • The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology by John Ortiz
  • Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr
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