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July 24, 1948

Mind and Memory Training

JAMA. 1948;137(13):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890470072036

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This book attempts to set up a natural and spontaneous memory system patterned after the mind processes of persons with good memories. Many of the author's conclusions are based on study and observation of the memory systems of Europe and India.

Four "Roads of Though "which hold ideas together in the mind are suggested and labeled as the laws of class, parts, quality and proximity. Connecting ideas according to these laws in rational order is held to be the secret of memory training. Concentration, for example, is simply the art of detailed examination of an object in the light of these four laws.

The value of creating clear mental images, the constructive use of imagination, the relation of study and reading to memory training, and methods which may be used to simplify or symbolize abstract or complex ideas are discussed in detail. Ways of developing and utilizing a logical series

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