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The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster

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As revolutionary as Emotional Intelligence, this is the first book to explore the tremendous importance of working memory—a stronger predictor of success in life than IQ—and provide a wealth of simple exercises for enhancing this crucial skill.

Working memory—the ability to hold and process incoming information actively in one’s mind—lies at the heart of most important life functions. Learning, decision-making, prioritization, time management, and multitasking all rely on working memory. Research has also shown that it is a key determinant of happiness; people with strong working memory are more optimistic and more hopeful about the future.

Tracy Alloway and her husband Ross, leading experts on this subject, present not only their own findings, but all of the most important recent breakthroughs in the field, including studies that show that many children with learning problems and ADD have weak working memories. The good news is that working memory can be improved, and the authors offer a host of simple exercises that can help everyone make significant and lasting gains in brain function. Equal parts descriptive and prescriptive, The Working Memory Advantage offers unprecedented insight into one of the most important psychological breakthroughs of the past ten years—and a vital new approach to maximizing mental performance.

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"Socrates worried that the advent of writing would allow people to put things to paper and immediately forget them. Today, we outsource our memories to expensive computers and forget the free hardware we all have: our brains. No wonder, then, that our capacity for memory seems to be lagging. In this mental workout workbook, the Alloways set out to help the reader exercise and strengthen his or her working memory — that is, the kind used every day to process information and solve problems. This type of memory requires conscious and sustained effort, and the husband and wife duo (the latter is a psychologist at the University of North Florida) provides readers with plenty of memory exercises and mental tests, revealing explanations and technical descriptions of the mnemonic mechanisms at work, and strategies for creating habits and managing emotions. They even offer dietary suggestions meant to better nourish a hard-working brain. For the skeptics out there, the Alloways insist it's worth the work — a strong correlation has been shown between a robust working memory and feelings of happiness. Occasionally, the book slips into more general self-help territory, but it's still a valuable guide for readers looking to put their minds to work. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A BIGGER ASSET THAN IQ

Working memory—your ability to work with information—influences nearly everything you do.

What if you could find a way to better handle a crazy schedule or expertly manage risks? What if you could gain an advantage in climbing the career ladder or in sports? What if there were a way to improve your outlook on life, to face each day with more optimism and confidence?

Tracy and Ross Alloway, leading experts, show how working memory is the key to all that and more. They present important recent breakthroughs in this field, including research on how Facebook can help with working memory, how working memory can improve your kids’ grades, how it changes as you age, and how working memory is linked with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and Alzheimer’s.

But here’s the best news: you can improve your working memory! This book will give you three tests to find out how good your working memory is—and more than fifty targeted exercises so you can sharpen it.

The Working Memory Advantage offers unprecedented insight into one of the most important cognitive breakthroughs in recent years—a vital new approach to making your brain stronger, smarter, and faster.

Synopsis:

andlt;B andgt;A BIGGER ASSET THAN IQ andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Working memoryand#8212;your ability to work with informationand#8212;influences nearly everything you do.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;What if you could find a way to better handle a crazy schedule or expertly manage risks? What if you could gain an advantage in climbing the career ladder or in sports? What if there were a way to improve your outlook on life, to face each day with more optimism and confidence?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tracy and Ross Alloway, leading experts, show how working memory is the key to all that and more. They present important recent breakthroughs in this field, including research on how Facebook can help with working memory, how working memory can improve your kidsand#8217; grades, how it changes as you age, and how working memory is linked with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and Alzheimerand#8217;s.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But hereand#8217;s the best news: you can improve your working memory! This book will give you three tests to find out how good your working memory isand#8212;and more than fifty targeted exercises so you can sharpen it.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;The Working Memory Advantageandlt;/Iandgt; offers unprecedented insight into one of the most important cognitive breakthroughs in recent yearsand#8212;a vital new approach to making your brain stronger, smarter, and faster.

About the Author

Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of North Florida. Formerly she was the director of the Center for Memory and Learning in the Lifespan at the University of Stirling, UK. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, and on the BBC and ABC News. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Ross Alloway, PhD, is the CEO of Memosyne Ltd, which he cofounded with Tracy Alloway, bringing research about working memory to educators and parents. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451650129
Author:
Alloway, Tracy Packiam
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Alloway, Ross
Author:
Alloway, Tracy
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index, notes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Cognitive Science
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Mind and Consciousness
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Memory and Thinking Skills

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Socrates worried that the advent of writing would allow people to put things to paper and immediately forget them. Today, we outsource our memories to expensive computers and forget the free hardware we all have: our brains. No wonder, then, that our capacity for memory seems to be lagging. In this mental workout workbook, the Alloways set out to help the reader exercise and strengthen his or her working memory — that is, the kind used every day to process information and solve problems. This type of memory requires conscious and sustained effort, and the husband and wife duo (the latter is a psychologist at the University of North Florida) provides readers with plenty of memory exercises and mental tests, revealing explanations and technical descriptions of the mnemonic mechanisms at work, and strategies for creating habits and managing emotions. They even offer dietary suggestions meant to better nourish a hard-working brain. For the skeptics out there, the Alloways insist it's worth the work — a strong correlation has been shown between a robust working memory and feelings of happiness. Occasionally, the book slips into more general self-help territory, but it's still a valuable guide for readers looking to put their minds to work. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A BIGGER ASSET THAN IQ

Working memory—your ability to work with information—influences nearly everything you do.

What if you could find a way to better handle a crazy schedule or expertly manage risks? What if you could gain an advantage in climbing the career ladder or in sports? What if there were a way to improve your outlook on life, to face each day with more optimism and confidence?

Tracy and Ross Alloway, leading experts, show how working memory is the key to all that and more. They present important recent breakthroughs in this field, including research on how Facebook can help with working memory, how working memory can improve your kids’ grades, how it changes as you age, and how working memory is linked with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and Alzheimer’s.

But here’s the best news: you can improve your working memory! This book will give you three tests to find out how good your working memory is—and more than fifty targeted exercises so you can sharpen it.

The Working Memory Advantage offers unprecedented insight into one of the most important cognitive breakthroughs in recent years—a vital new approach to making your brain stronger, smarter, and faster.

"Synopsis" by , andlt;B andgt;A BIGGER ASSET THAN IQ andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Working memoryand#8212;your ability to work with informationand#8212;influences nearly everything you do.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;What if you could find a way to better handle a crazy schedule or expertly manage risks? What if you could gain an advantage in climbing the career ladder or in sports? What if there were a way to improve your outlook on life, to face each day with more optimism and confidence?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tracy and Ross Alloway, leading experts, show how working memory is the key to all that and more. They present important recent breakthroughs in this field, including research on how Facebook can help with working memory, how working memory can improve your kidsand#8217; grades, how it changes as you age, and how working memory is linked with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and Alzheimerand#8217;s.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But hereand#8217;s the best news: you can improve your working memory! This book will give you three tests to find out how good your working memory isand#8212;and more than fifty targeted exercises so you can sharpen it.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;The Working Memory Advantageandlt;/Iandgt; offers unprecedented insight into one of the most important cognitive breakthroughs in recent yearsand#8212;a vital new approach to making your brain stronger, smarter, and faster.
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