The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory, with a New Foreword by Jerome S. Bruner
The book is good reading whether one is interested in memory per se or not. It gives the flavor of early neuroscience by one of its pioneers.
Never connect same colors of objects with places. No in dark places. Bigger objects are efficient in dark places.
Music in Restaurants because it changes the taste of everything.
You cannot eat while reading because you focus on reading.
To this day, I can't escape from seeing colors when I hear sounds. What first strikes me is the color of someone's voice. Then it fades off...for it does interfere. If , say, a person says something, I see the word; but should another person's voice break in, blurs appear. These creep into ...more
which considering this is less than 200-hundred pages, it's not really saying much
well, to put it bluntly, this was not the type of read i was expecting. i could tell from the synopsis that this little book dealt with a medical case from the perspective of its actual researcher. i thought "ok." then i read (scrolled through, to be more precise) the top reviews, trying to get a sense of what other people thought about it. and most people said that, although it wasn't the most enterta ...more
The book is structured mo ...more
It is a fair thing to say that most people would like to have better memories, but S. (a mnemonic for the actual person!) felt like it was more of a curse than a blessing. He found it impossible to "turn it off" and therefore was cast und ...more
This book didn't lose me as a reader by using the Academic English Vernacular. Rather, it presents images that are relatively complex in terms which allow someone of my relatively low standing to understand the message.
Not only did the author present c ...more
Even with insight, it's hard to imagine how someone can function without being capable of higher level (abstract) thinking.
Proof that an exceptional intellect - though in this case balanced out by other serious shortcomings- with almost superhuman memory, does not ensure success in life at large.
I read this book because Oliver Sacks mentions it in On the Move, and everyone I know is sick of me mentioning Oliver Sacks. Now I can ruin dinner by reciting trivia from two neurologists; enjoy!
Anyway: I’ve got an average memory, minimal synthesia (limited, I swear, to “hearing” GIFs), and a substandard ability to think in images and not words—so much of the mind of the mnemonist of course seemed foreign. But I was surprised at how much else in Luria’s account of his subject’s life was recogniz...more
"Presented with a tone pitched at 30 cycles per second and having an amplitude of 100 decibels, S stated that at first he saw a strip 12-15cm in widt ...more
Luria was especially interested in how S. saw and interacted with the world—how his strange condition augmented a ...more
People tested M by giving him some random sequence of numbers
that they'd then put away. 5 or 10 years later, if asked he
could still recall the exact sequence of numbers!
It might seem like heaven to have a "photographic memory," more recently known as "eidetic memory." Think of how great it would be if you didn't forget stuff!
In fact, i ...more
Warning: "spoilers" below this point.
The book begins with a description of his amazing memory, which seems to have been completely limitless. He could remember random strings of numbers, characters, syllables, etc., just by ...more
Luria is introduced to S. in the 1920s and follows him for around 17 years or so. There seemed to be no limitations to his memory capacity, so Luria became bored with that sort of thing, and began asking how he did these thi ...more