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

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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—your ability to work with information—influences nearly everything you do.

What if you could f
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I will start off this review saying that I did not finish it. I got to just over 200 pages, or roughly two-thirds of the book complete (the page listing of 354 seems to be incorrect, as my copy only has 339 pages, including the index, bibliography and acknowledgements). This is obviously an important thing to mention in a review, but I mainly wanted to mention it because I also wanted to mention that I am very stubborn when it comes to finishing what I’ve started, but with this book, I was quite ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Almost didn't pick this one up because of the self-help title. I am glad I did pick it up. Although it has a bit of a self-help component to it, it is actually a really good book on the topic of our working memory and the cognitive science and neuroanatomy behind it. It is a solid book on this crucial part of our cognitive processing which may be a better measure of success than say something like IQ. There is a lot of information in this text not merely inspirational bromides as filler. Definit ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I got stuck early in this book because of the tests that require someone else to administer them & so my reading stalled.

There are lots of individual research events showcased. I kind of skimmed over them. They already made clear the point that working memory is correlated with effectiveness and success. I did notice a contrary opinion on Psychology Today - that reviewer did not see a correlation between working memory training & long term improvement. The reviewer mentioned 3 sites, surprisingl
Jennifer Zartman
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The authors of this book both possess impressive credentials in the area of working memory, and this book should prove useful to educators. They make a good case for considering working memory a better indicator of capability than the IQ test, and the back of the book houses a good "quick hits manual," which recaps the exercises scattered throughout the book, an extensive bibliography, and a good index, all of which enhance its value as a resource.

That said, I didn't resonate well with this book
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The only reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating comes from a practical point of view. The authors have done a great job exposing their research and convincing me that working memory is as important as they claimed, but I found it scarce on the actual ways on how to improve it. Don't get me wrong, they did enumerate and explained a few good methods. Food was one of them. Another suggestion was decluttering in order to ease the workload on the memory. Although I found this method useful ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
Full disclosure up front: I won this book through FirstReads.

I was interested in this book because I am intrigued by ways to make the brain perform better. The minds behind this book, a husband and wife team, seemed to have sufficient scientific background as well. They argue that the working memory function of a person's brain is the real indicator of how intelligent they are. I liked the information here and the accessible way the research that backs them up is presented. However, there were w
Drew Fridley
A 3-4 page op-ed piece in Huffington Post would succinctly cover this book. Some good methods but nothing one could not learn within a half an hour of skimming articles on the topic. Nothing blew my mind: eat healthy, get sleep, try new things. That's the ultimate TLDR for this book.
Jonathan H
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a good thought provoking book if you are interested in an academic explanation of working memory. It does a decent job of explaining how it works, what it affects, and what things have negative effects on it. However, there is really not much in the way of suggestion for how to manually increase it, apart from their own online "working memory training" program, and they do not even mention one other option. Other than (obvious) things like diet, exercise, and adequate sleep, the only oth ...more
It’s an interesting read and new concept to know. But I found the author attributing everything from academics to impulse control to investment decision and even sports to working memory is over rated and unconvincing. If so, people’s achievement will become all or none. You either excel in every aspects or sucks in all. But in reality a lot of people can be scattered in their ability and strength.
Elizabeth Ricker
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engaging review of the importance of working memory, its functional implications and underpinning biology, as well as some unexpected ways to enhance it. Refreshing to read such a treatment of a topic I love but had only read research papers on before -- and it manages to be a super readable general audience science book! Highly recommended.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up at my local library and was really glad that I didn't actually pay for it.

Very simply, the title should really say "...Train Your CHILD'S Brain to Function..." because despite a few references here and there for adults, this book really is for parents and teachers working with school-aged children, not adults. In fact, most of the facts, figures, case studies, etc., used as evidence have to do with children. Even the authors' fancy software program, JungleMemory, which the
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of The Working Memory from Goodreads. I really enjoyed reading The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, and Faster by Alloway. Previously, I took a class on cognitive psychology, and this book incorporated some of the information that I had previously learned as well as, provided a much more expansive discussion about working memory. Additionally, I thought this book does an exceptional job at providing examples on how to improve your working mem ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
From a review I'd read I was really expecting great things from this book. Unfortunately what it has to say it could have been done in a magazine article and it feels that a book was written more to promote the authors' other works than for any real need to explain the subject. Alas, I'm happy to have read it as it reminded me of how important exercising the mind is and prompted me to rekindle some good habits.
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of The Working Memory from Goodreads. This was an interesting read that I did enjoy more so because of all the little exercises that kept me going. I had not heard of "Working Memory" before and found it interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in how the brain works.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, psychology, biology
There are some interesting ideas in here, but almost none has any scientific backing (yet). Moreover, they go on and on and on about their jungle memory computer program, which becomes very annoying after only a few chapters.
Sambeet Panigrahi
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is a very good explanation about working memory and well backed by research.But writing could be a little more powerful.You understand the concept but don't feel empowered enough to make it a part of your daily life.That's at least the case with me.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book made perfect sense and explained a lot of my own struggles. There were great tips for all ages that I think is certainly worth reading.
Breanna Pollard
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads***

the book is great and I loved the topic!
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