Groundbreaking anthropologist and memory champion Lynne Kelly reveals how we can use ancient and traditional mnemonic methods to enhance and expand our memory.
Our brain is a muscle. Like our bodies, it needs exercise. In the last few hundred years, we have stopped training our memories and we have lost the ability to memorize large amounts of information—something our ancestors could do with ease.
After discovering that the true purpose of monuments like Easter Island and Stonehenge were to act as memory palaces, Kelly takes this knowledge and introduces us to the best memory techniques humans have ever devised, from ancient times and the Middle Ages to methods used by today’s memory athletes. A memory champion herself, Kelly tests all these methods and demonstrate the extraordinary capacity of our brains at any age.
For anyone who needs to memorize a speech or a script, learn anatomy or a foreign language, or prepare for an exam, Memory Craft offers proven techniques and simple strategies for anyone who has trouble remembering names or dates, or for older people who want to keep their minds agile. In addition to getting in touch with our own human and anthropological foundations, Memory Craft shows how all things mnemonic can be playful, creative, and fun.
The narrative covers the ground well and entertains as it travels. Of benefit to anyone seeking to remember a scrap of information for more than a couple of minutes.
Memory Craft is the best practical book on memory training.
—Anthony Metivier, host of the Magnetic Memory podcast
Memory Craft provides a comprehensive understanding of man's earliest and most powerful survival tool, memory.
—Dominic O'Brien, eight times World Memory Champion
Memory Craft is captivating and well worth reading and re-reading. You will discover a wide variety of inventive, fun to use and surprisingly powerful techniques that may very well end up changing your life.
—Francis Blondin, two times Canadian Memory Champion
About the Author:
Dr. Lynne Kelly is a senior memory champion, science writer, and Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is author of The Memory Code and lives in Melbourne, Australia.