Books on Memory Improvement (Reading List)

Below are some books related to memory improvement that I’ve read so far, in no particular order. My favorites are in bold.

Note: for a shorter, more beginner-friendly list, please see the FAQ: What are the best memory books to read?

You can also see our list of Free PDF Books on Memory Training.

Books I own but haven’t read yet:

  • The Medieval Craft of Memory by Carruthers and Ziolkowski
  • Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by Frances Yates
  • On the Composition of Images, Signs and Ideas by Giordano Bruno
  • Memory, a Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Foster
  • Brain Boot Camp by Tony Buzan
  • Use Both Sides of Your Brain by Tony Buzan
  • Super Memory, Super Student by Harry Lorayne
  • How to Develop a Perfect Memory by Dominic O’Brien
  • The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture by Mary Carruthers
  • How to Remember Anything: The Proven Total Memory Retention System by Dean Vaughn
  • Brighter by Dr. Gunther Karsten
  • Memory Power: You Can Develop a Great Memory by Scott Hagwood
  • The Memory Palace: Learn Anything and Everything by Lewis Smile
  • How to Improve Your Memory in Just 30 Days by Ron White
  • Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest: Improve your Memory and Learning, Organize Your Brain, and Effectively Manage Your Knowledge by Helmut Sachs
  • Improve Your Memory: How to Use Memory Techniques in Your Daily Life by Erik van Mechelen and Johnny Briones
  • The Art of Memorization: The Exclusive Guide to the Development of a Genius-level Memory by M.A. Kohain
Giordano Bruno mnemonic

Giordano Bruno mnemonic

Books that I’ve seen online that I’m looking at next:

  • The Phoenix by Peter of Ravenna
  • Mind and Memory Training by Ernest E. Wood
  • The Brilliant Memory Tool Kit: Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Boost Your Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien
  • The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric, and the Making of Images, 400-1200 by Mary Carruthers
  • De Umbris Idearum by Giordano Bruno.
  • De Oratore by Cicero
  • The Student Survival Guide By Chambers & Colliar
  • Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity by Jocelyn Penny Small
  • The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press by Lina Bolzoni
  • The Web of Images: Vernacular Preaching from Its Origins to Saint Bernardino Da Siena by Lina Bolzoni
  • Logic and the Art of Memory: The Quest for a Universal Language by Paolo Rossi
  • The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan Spence
  • In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads by George Johnson
  • Memory from A to Z: Keywords, Concepts, and Beyond by Yadin Dudai
  • Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Ioan Culianu
  • Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas about the Mind by Douwe Draaisma
  • Theories of Memory: A Reader by Rossington and Whitehead
  • A Sheep Falls From the Tree by Christiane Stenger
  • How to Remember Anything: The Proven Total Memory Retention System by Dean Vaughn
  • How to Master the Art of Remembering Names by Dean Vaughn
  • Remember Every Name Every Time by Benjamin Levy
  • The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas
  • Cartographies of Time By Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton
  • Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It by Kenneth Higbee
  • Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes by David C. Rubin
  • Medical Terminology 350: Learning Guide by Dean Vaughn
  • Basic Human Anatomy by Dean Vaughn
  • Medieval Music and the Art of Memory by Anna Maria Busse Berger
  • Memory Power For Exams by William G. Browning
  • Yellow Elephant by Tansel Ali
  • Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies: Orality, Memory, and the Transmission of Culture by Lynne Kelly

The following books are about speed-reading, mental speed math and other related topics. I don’t have them yet, but they’re on my reading list because I’ve read reviews of them or someone has recommended them to me:

  • The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics
  • How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic by Henry Sticker
  • Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Books on music and the brain on my to-read list:

  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin
  • Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh Patel
  • Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination by Robert Jourdain
  • The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology by John Ortiz
  • Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr

Tip: if a book suggests that it will give you photographic memory, please see the Does Photographic Memory Exist? page.

Are there any other good books on memory that I haven’t listed above? Leave a comment below…


  • I’ve read only the first two books you mentioned by O’Brien, O’Brien’s first book (no longer published)s and a book by Harry Lorayne.

    O’Brien’s books are more geared towards memory techniques.

    I used to read your posts on memory techniques on Josh Notes.

    How are your faring so far? Are you planning on taking part in a competition?


  • Thanks for visiting the blogs. I’m still getting my system down, but I’ll definitely be at the US competition in March. Eventually, I would like to compete in some international events. I was an arbiter at the UK Open Memory Championship last August and had a great time.

    Do you compete?

  • I’m thinking of competing next year in the Cambridge Competition for starters. I’ve got to get a system down. I’ve been trying various systems and trying to come up with one of my own.

    I’ll start serious training next year for the Cambridge competition in May. Good luck with the US competition.

  • I wish I could make it to the UK in May to see the Cambridge Competition. Maybe see you at one of the European open events in 2011 though… 🙂

  • I’m thinking of going to the welsh open competition in March this year but I don’t think I’ll have time to train sufficiently to compete. I’ll be there though as a spectator if I can’t compete.

    See you there if you can make it. 🙂


  • I would love to go to the Welsh Open. I don’t know if I can make it there in March though.

    I was just in Cardiff three months ago and made a memory journey around Cardiff Castle, but I lost my notes before it memorized it, and I’m still trying to re-create it from the photographs I took along the way…

  • Joshua Foer is coming out with a book in the Spring 2011 about memory competition. The title is “Einstein Walking on the Moon”. There are reviews of this book on some reader websites so I’m wondering if it is already published elsewhere (UK). I think the title suggests person-action-object number mnemonics.

  • I’m looking forward to reading the book. I think the release date is March 3, 2010. There is a video of him describing his images here.

  • Btw Josh, I don’t see Dominic O’Brien’s “How to Develop a Perfect Memory” listed. has this book- you can read it online or print it out to read it offline (before they start charging for it ala lylibrary, et al.). I think also has Tony Buzan’s older book “Speed Memory”.

  • Thanks — I added it to the list above.

  • I picked up Thomas Harris’s “Hannibal” from Goodwill a while ago after reading how the character in the book (Hannibal Lector) uses memory palaces. I think in the afterward Harris makes reference to Frances Yates’s work.

  • Dominic O’Brien has a book coming out April 5, 2011: “You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro”

  • Looking forward to reading Dominic O’Brien’s new book. I added it to the list above. 🙂

  • There are few books by memory champs, or not enough. Junior memory champ Christiane Stenger’s A Sheep Falls From the Tree covers a lot of the basics and is helpful. She gives helpful and practical advice on how to develop journeys and how to create effective visualization of pegs. Of course, I would have no problem if this work or O’Brien’s or Hagwood’s word were 1500 pages. But I think a lot of developing memory techniques and how to train as a mnemonist is simply doing it. I have a copy of Stenger’s book on my iPad Kindle app.

  • I haven’t read Christiane Stenger’s book. I’ll add that one to the list too…

  • JeanJean-France

    Thank You for sharing Your list, :), I just bought How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien, (in French), very thin book but at the first glance I can say that’s it’s really interesting (the step by step or week by week way is just for me ).


  • @JeanJean-France
    How is the book? Has your ability to memorize things improved?

  • Hi Josh,

    I really like your blog! I’m just starting out in this world of memory improvement myself. Specifically I’m hoping to learn how to memorize poetry. I’m wondering if you might be able to tell me which of the books you mention above would be most helpful for that.



  • @Jacob
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m also working on memorizing poetry, though I don’t have an ideal strategy yet. I’ll be posting more about that in the blog over the next few weeks.

    For a general introduction to the world of memory training, without the techniques, I recommend Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.

    Any of these three books will give an introduction to the basic mnemonic techniques, like the Journey Method, and the concepts of association, location, and imagination:

    • Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien (audio)
    • How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien
    • How to Pass Exams by Dominic O’Brien

    After you have the basic concepts down, I recommend Remember, Remember by Ed Cooke. The book is a great example of how a Grandmaster of Memory creates mnemonic images.

    If you have specific questions, I recommend joining the forum and asking them there:

  • Josh – great blog! I would highly recommend that you read “The Memory Book” by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas. You may not learn anything new from it, but I’m quite sure that you will enjoy it immensely! The best parts of the book are the conversations between Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas (of the NY Knickerbockers) that open most chapters and are scattered about the book. It’s obvious that these two guys became fast friends, and the stories that they share about how they became interested in memory systems are very entertaining to read. It’s a classic…

  • Have you checked out Ted Hughes’s “By Heart”? It’s an anthology of poems, but I think it also discusses memorization techniques. Hughes used to supply the unpublished poem for the World Memory Championship.

  • @Rick
    Thanks! I added that one to the list.

    Was there any useful information in the memorization section? I’ll see if I can find more information about it online.

  • josh,
    i just ordered it, so i’ll have to let you know. in the description of the book, it says that hughes discusses his “memory system” in the introductory essay, but it doesn’t say how detailed or elaborate a discussion it is. it seems worth checking out though, especially because amazon has used copies for a penny.

  • @Jacob
    Thanks — $4 including shipping (also the same price on I just ordered a copy too. 🙂

  • My review of Hughes’ book is here.

  • Thanks for sharing your list.

    I would recommend adding “Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It” by Kenneth Higbee to the list. It’s a good book to understand the science behind memory techniques, as the author is both a user of the techniques, and a psychology professor (it makes a change from other books which tend to be by people who understand the techniques, or understand the science, but not both).


  • Thanks, Tim. I added it to the list.

  • I just finished reading “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer….
    Excellent book!! I’m hooked, I now want to keep learning more memory technics…
    The “Memory Palace” was so easy to learn and use… matter of fact, it works too good, I can not seem to get the example in the book out of my head….
    Great website… I’ll be coming back often…

  • @Jim — thanks, I’m glad the site is useful…

    Has anyone found a copy of Dominic O’Brien’s new book? It was supposed to be released April 5th, but I haven’t seen it at stores.

  • Hi. Please, if anybody have a book(it would be great if anybody has e-book version) How to Pass Exams by Dominic O’Brien. My e-mail [email protected]

  • @Deni
    There are copies available online for as low as £3.50. I don’t think there is an e-book version.

  • Update: the release date for Dominic O’Brien’s new book was changed to May 3.

  • @Josh
    about Dominic O’Brien book (52 weeks…)
    Of course it has helped me a lot ! There’s not a lot theory in this book, more practice, and as you know “practice makes perfect” : D

  • I have a question concerning the usage of visualization memory techniques with school related subjects. I already know how to convert information into appropriate images, but am I supposed to store them in a memory palace (and on a route), or are the images, because they don’t need to be recalled in any particular order, meant to be recalled in a random mental space? Basically, where do I store my images when they don’t need to be recalled in an order? There doesn’t seem to be much point in using a memory palace because then I would have to go through a lot of the route to access an image that’s near the end or middle. What do I do?!

  • Lots of people use a journey method to store information that isn’t sequential because that works best for them. I think 99% of the people reading your message will tell you to use the memory palace for non-sequential information. That’s probably the way most people would do it. No harm done. But there’s also no harm done if you use the journey method for random information. After all, there aren’t any “mnemonic police” who will arrest you if you use the journey method that way.

    As for using the memory palace for non-sequential information, once the images are stored, you’d be surprised how fast you’ll zip through the various rooms to get to the specific room and see the images. Remember, it all happens in your mind (no speed limits), so it’s not like you’re literally walking through a palace. Your speed is up to you. You can fly from room to room, without looking at the various images in the rooms you pass through. As a matter of fact, you won’t even have to go “through” the other rooms. You can simply “be” in the room you need to get to. It’s all in your mind.

    Trust yourself, and then experiment with the different methods, and find out which works best for you.

  • @josh. Have you read I brien’s ‘you can have an amazing memory…’ yet? If so how was this in comparison to his other books?

  • I have the book, but haven’t had time to read it yet. I’ve heard that it’s great though.

  • hi Josh,

    Is it possible for you to upload “How to Pass Exams by Dominic O’Brien” and post the link here?


  • It’s $1 on, plus $4 shipping:

    Well worth it… 🙂

  • I am aware this is an old post and an old discussion but I stumbled upon your blod moments ago and feel I can contribute. I recommend Ray Sahelion’s book Mind Boosters. I received it for Christmas and read it shortly thereafter. It’s a wonderful exploration of natural supplements, vitamins and herbs (many of which I now use daily) that improve brain health and thus cognitive function, particularly memory. Ensuring optimal brain health along with giving it the occasional chemical boost is surely beneficial when trying to master your memory.

    Thanks for sharing your book list and all the other wonderful information on this blog. 🙂

  • Abhishek Prasad

    Hey Josh! What do you think about zox pro training programme. Is it a scam or does it really works? The claims are great though.

  • I’ve never heard of it, but I looked at the website and I’m very skeptical of these kinds of claims:

    Increase your reading speed to over 25,000+ words per MINUTE! – Mentally “Photograph” books at over 100 times the average reading speed

    See also:

  • How would you rate Memory Power by Scott Hagwood?

  • I haven’t read that one yet. Has anyone else here read it?

  • Scott Hagwood is my favorite author. Memory power is the best memory book I have ever read. I highly recommend it. He understands memory well and his concept of “continents” of memory is fundamental to a good grasp of what memory is. A stepping stone book. I have read many books on memory. His is the best


  • I am also desperately seeking an English version of De Umbris Idearum by Giordano Bruno.

  • It should have been in the public domain about 400 years ago so it is disappointing that Wikipedia, Gutenberg and have turned up nothing!

  • Hi, very good list of readings. I also recommend ‘Memory Power’ by Jonathan Hancock. He goes into quite a lot of details in producing memorable images and his number system is actually very unique and creative by using a combination of subject, adjective, actions with certain attributes (sports, creativity, flying etc). Something quite unique is that his emphasis in making up stories in linking information. Even for like memorising cards, he uses 10 loci (nine with 5 cards and the last one 7). Apparently, he was able to get down to a pack in 20+ secs during training back in 1990s.

    It is an ebook which can be bought from

  • I just read your lists as i was searching for a memory training course online. I have finished moonwalking with einstein and I wondered your opinion on Ron Whites memory training dvd’s, they would be for my 12 year old?

  • @Joe
    I’ve looked for De Umbris Idearum, but I don’t think that it’s available in English. I’ll post an update if I find it anywhere.

    Thanks for the information on Hancock’s book. I will check it out.

    I haven’t used Ron White’s memory training DVDs, but you could ask in the forum, because I think a few members there have used it and might know something about it.

  • Hey Josh,

    You may also want to check out Jonathan Hancock’s “Mindpower System”. It is amazing. You can probably get it from amazon for £0.01 or so. His story making is amazing and makes it really clear how you can form really clear and long lasting images.

  • Good list,have read a few in first list. a very good book
    to read is “mind and memory training” by Ernest E Wood. i had hardback
    copy,lost it now.during a few moves.

  • You have to be kidding! No? HL.

  • I found a copy of the original 1545 English translation of “The Phoenix” by Peter of Ravenna. It’s available as a ‘photocopy’ of the book from

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to read, partially because of the unfamiliar spellings and characters (y or i, f-looking s, abbeviations for by, that, etc.), and partially because the pages are not ‘in order’. I am working on a ‘translation’ for my self since I find that some of the ‘unknown’ words suddenly make sense when I see them in a ‘normal’ context. I’ll post a bit of that here and there.

  • “THE ART OF MEMORY THAT otherwise is called the Phoenix. A book very useful and profitable to all Professors of Sciences, Grammarians, Rhetoricians, Dialecticians, Legists, Philosophers & Theologians” by Peter Of Ravenna, translated from the Italian to English by Robert Copeland in 1545.
    The following is an excerpt, transcribed and edited by Steven M. Hudson, June, 2012.
    The first conclusion shall be such. This art is, and consists of places and magnitudes. The places are as cards or scrolls or other things for to write in. The images are the similitude of things that we will retain in mind. I will first prepare my card wherein we may collect and order the images in places. And for the foundation of this first conclusion I will put fourth four rules.
    The first is this. The places are the windows set in walls, pillars and angles, with other like.
    The second rule is, the places ought not to be too near together nor too far asunder. For the nearness trouble greatly the natural memory, by the opposition of things, for if the places are too distant. We will recite a little easier the things that shall be given to places where they shall be of mean by distance.
    The third rule is such. But it is vain as me seems. For it is the opinion of talkers that the places ought not to be made where as men do haunt, as in church and common places. For it suffice to have seen church vacant whereas people walk not always and in that hath been taught by contrary experience.
    The fourth rule is this. That the places be not too high, for I will that the men set for the images, or in the stead of images, may touch the places by which I have judged as useful.
    I take then the church greatly known by me, the parties where I do consider, and go into it walking it three or four times, and then I return home to my house, and there I turn in my thought to remember the things by me seen. And in that manner I give the beginning of the work to places on the right side of the gate for the which men go in the right path or aisle to the high altar, there I fix and ordain the first place, and the second on the wall next it above or before of. And if there be any notable thing set, as a pillar in the window, or other like, there put the place. And, if a notable thing is not there or is lacking, I feign that in my imagination, or at my arbitrary imagery, although some forging these places would leave them, fearing that he should put in forgetfulness. The thing opposed to that is taken and suffered, so that he will be mindful to have constituted and ordained the place. And so I proceed from place to place until, by the fabrication of the places, I return to the same gate.
    And these things to be done on the first wall of the church, all things left that be in the midst thereof. And if any desire to have the circumference of the places, enter by order into a monastery, and fill it full all of places, or compare the places on the walls without the church. And he that wish remembered of many thing, must compare many places.
    But because that I have willed to surmount all the men of Italy by abundance of things and holy scriptures, in Canon law and Civil, and in other authorities of many things, while that I was but young adolescent, I have prepared a thousand places wherein I have put the things which are to say, and better by myself, so by they be prompt tenants when I will experiment the virtues and strengths of my memory.
    And when I do leave my country assigned and I visit the cities of Italy as a pilgrim or a wayfarer, I may freely say that I bear with me all my things, and yet I cease not to edify.
    I do you to wit by, the places in any church or minster is seen, only for to repose and mark the things which must be recited every day, as be the arguments, reasons, histories, fables and predications made in Lenten. And let this office be devoted to these places only.
    And I have set and declared at the end for these places a thing that shall be judged necessary and vital. For I will that the young infants shall be courteous bearers of my right document, configured by the places so constructed, and put in order by often repeating three or four times in a month. For the repetition of places cannot be praised in any manner.

  • FYI — the publishers of the book clearly state in the preface that the document is in the public domain. It is short, only about 30 pages or so, and so it may seem a little pricey at $15. However, it’s pretty interesting to see it, since it was hand written and not type set and really gives a feel of what it must have been like to read a popular book of the time. The proceeds from the sale of the book are used to preserve and distribute copies of other rare or disappearing books, so I highly recommend purchasing the book. (I do not work for either Amazon nor the publishers).

  • @Harry Lorayne:
    Thanks for stopping by. Which of the listed book(s) didn’t you like?

    Your book is one of the few I brought with me when I moved to Austria, but I haven’t read the whole thing yet. I like your method of attaching genders to foreign language nouns.

    @Steve Hudson:
    Thanks, I will check that one out.

  • Dai Griffiths

    Michael Tipper has a good book for potential competitors and Dr. Bruno Furst has a course which has a book containing pre-made images for the Major 1000 system. The course also has a system that makes memorizing names and faces more like memorizing numbers because the facial attributes are standardized.

  • Josh,

    You may also want to take a look at The Complete Problem Solver, Second Edition by John R. Hayes.


  • Josh,

    Would you recommend any new books? Also what are the best current books on passing exams and using the memory techniques for everyday life? Have you competed in any memory sports yet?

  • What is the best technique to memorize long texts? The most common?

  • @Dai and @TJ:
    Thanks, I will check those out.

    Dominic O’Brien’s new book is good. I haven’t had time to read many books recently, but I’m reading Mary Carruthers now. I haven’t competed yet, but I will compete in the USA Memory Championships in March, and might go to the Welsh competition at the end of March, since I will already be on the East Coast of the US.

    Please see this page.

  • Hi there, that is an amazing but mind boggling list of books. What is the best book you would recommend a novice to start with?

  • The best place to start is with something by Dominic O’Brien’s — either Quantum Memory Power or You Can Have an Amazing Memory.

  • Hello Josh,
    I just started to research on memory. could you recommend a book on remembering sports or martial arts? I started taking Wing Chun Kung Fu about 9 months ago( after watching the IP Man movies) and moved from Oklahoma to Minnesota and its a different system of wing chun. so I am having to learn a new system and I realized this system does not have hardly anything on you tube like the other system I had trained in..

    Thanks for you time and blog…Byron

  • I don’t think that there is a book specifically on that subject. If you post a specific example of what you are trying to memorize in the forum, we could brainstorm some ideas on how to memorize it.

    Also, if you go to the groups section, there is a club for memorizing martial arts:

    You could post your question there…

  • That is a pretty comprehensive list. Great work josh!
    I have read 2 books by dominic o brien. I am quiet thorough with the basics of mnemonics. I am working to build my own systems. I am short on ideas. Any book that will serve my purpose?

  • Have you checked out the wiki? Also, when you login to the forum, a new search box will appear. Try searching with that and you may find some interesting ideas…

  • Thank you for supplying the booklist and blog. There is a book called “Memorize the faith” by Kevin Vost, Ph.D. Does anyone have information on how Griots memorized the history going back hundreds of years of their people..what techniques they used?…I understand that they used music, objects, etc., as part of their methodology….I am currently using Dr. Fursts book, ‘stop forgetting’, Tony Buzan’s book “Use your perfect memory”. Jerry Lucas’ book “Names and faces made easy”, and some of “How to develop a brilliant memory week by week” by Dominic O’Brien to share this information with my niece. Just received in the mail by the amazing kreskin ‘how to improve your memory and stop losing things’ mislabeled DVD when it is a CD, where it was carefully not revealed the length of this item to be eighteen minutes; I found it to be a review of a few now standard techniques, cost about $5. plus shipping..for me a waste of time.

  • I don’t know about the memory techniques of the Griots, but I will keep an eye out for any books on the subject. That would be interesting reading.

  • thanks for this blog and amazing booklist.
    I’m going to sort my library books and check how many of them are still unread!
    hope to read all of them 🙂

  • by the way, I recommend you to read these books:
    The Evelyn Wood Seven Day Speed Read
    Speed reading for dummies
    and the 7 speed reading software as well

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  • Thanks for sharing.
    But so far I did not read any book that teaches how to memorize the vocabulary. Most of the techniques are only about the sequence, numbers, dates. Is any book you read contains the techniques specifically to the memorization of vocabulary?


  • I just created a new wiki page for that topic:

    It should have more content soon as people add their tips.

    Also check out the forum and use the search box at the top to search for “vocabulary”. There are many posts about it…

  • hi josh. can you please send me a copy of how to pass exams by dominic? i am a student from pakistan and i have no means to help me with an online payment but i really want to perform better in my studies. i hope you will help me.

  • I don’t have an extra copy of the book, but you can get a lot of the same information for free in the wiki and forum

  • hey you can buy one and gift me 😀 God gave you so much. can’t you buy a copy for me? 🙂

  • so i have read all the commects in here. if you are learning and wish to win the title of grand master of memory. i would strongly suggest that you go for dominic style. i couldn’t believe myself that i was able to memorize 30 words,30 digits and 30 names in just 2 minutes and 22 seconds and that too in sequence after going through the quantum memory power. Ans that is why i want to read more from dominc. to be honest i still can’t believe that i memorised 30 words, 30 digits and 30 names in just 2 minutes and 22 seconds. 48 hours passed already and i still cant these 90 things out of my head 😀

  • How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week is a good introductory book. It’s a short book with the basics.

    How to Pass Exams gave me a lot of ideas for memorizing various other things.

    If you are just starting out, try the first one. If you’ve already read one of his other books, maybe try How to Pass Exams.

  • (EDIT: some of these comments are replying to other comments that had to be deleted.)

    It sounds like you have done a lot of research. 🙂

    It has been a long time since I read those books and I don’t remember enough detail about them. I liked the examples in How to Pass Exams. The other one is good too. If you are dedicated enough to read those other three books, you might like both of them. I will read all of his books eventually. (I have How to Develop a Perfect Memory but haven’t read it yet.)

  • I bought How to Pass Exams for something like USD $15 – $25. The last time I got something translated through the cheapest translator I could find (university students), there was a $50 charge, plus an hourly rate. That was only for something like 30 pages. I think it will be cheaper to buy the book in English. 🙂

  • Unfortunately, I don’t know how to get PDF copies of the books.

    If you can’t get a copy, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. It has a lot of the same stuff that is in his other books (and in the wiki), but just explained differently…

  • Thanks… I added it to the list. 🙂

  • If anyone is interested in a free memory book, you can get a free copy of this one for the next two days:

    @[banned user]:
    If you’re having difficulty registering in the forum, send me an email with the username you would like and I’ll create the account for you: [email protected]

  • Is it really important to read books about
    Memory tech or Internet stuff would be enough?
    I’m finding hard time deciding
    Thank u very much

  • You don’t need to read books. Check out the wiki and then ask questions in the forum…

  • Hey Josh, Great forum. Ive been reading it for a while now. Hve you got any Ideas on creating indepth to-do lists ?

  • Hi Simon,

    I’m not sure — what kind of lists? If you ask the question in the forum with an example, you’ll get more replies than here in the blog comments. I haven’t memorized many to-dos other than shopping lists, but maybe someone in the forum has…

    Dominic O’Brien has some interesting ideas on Quantum Memory Power, if you haven’t listened to the audiobook yet.

  • Thanks for this great list, Josh, and the discussion. I’m working my way through the list.

    Steve Hudson: Thank you so much for the pointer to the Peter Of Ravenna book, and the excerpt. Much appreciated.

    Robert J. Cooper: Griot are of great interest to me as my research is on the way non-literate cultures memorise masses of information. Although it is hard to find specific details of the methods used by Griot, they fit the global pattern, which is what my next two books are about. The references I have on Griot are:

    Lott, J 2002, Keepers of history, electronic, viewed July 5 2011, .

    Kaschula, RH 1999, ‘Imbongi and Griot: toward a comparative analysis of oral poetics in Southern and West Africa’, Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 55-76.

    I’d be very keen to know of anything you have found.


  • You missed the best book on memory
    Schram Mental Calistenics on

  • Hey Josh what is the best book to use if you want to get better at remembering people’s names after you have met them.

  • Have you seen this page in the wiki?

  • hi ,
    First of all i would like to congratulate Josh Cohen for compiling such a wonderful list .I have been facing difficulty in memorizing things and luckily found this blog ,so motivating really .Could you please guide me where to start ? what should i pick first ?

  • I’d recommend Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien.

    (The user you were referring to that was removed from the comment is no longer a member here.)

  • Dear Josh Cohen ,
    Thanks for your kind reply , hope i would have a chance to share what i would learn from that recommended book !!

    Best Regards

  • If it hasn’t been mentioned yet, Joshua Foer has a list of five recommended memory books at the link below:

  • hi josh
    how are u ?
    please i need ur advice regarding improving memory, learning techniques
    which books do u recommend ?
    i am a medical graduate preparing for medical profession exams like usmle ,mccee
    please can u guide me how improve my performance and memorize and recall maximum amount information effectively and rapidly

  • Please see the FAQs page. 🙂

  • HI Josh,

    Do you do one on one training?

  • @Eiya:
    I run a memory club in California and sometimes help people get started via Google Hangouts when things aren’t busy. You can send me an email at [email protected] and if I’m not able to help, I could recommend some people.

  • My Memory Power 101 came out last year. I’m wondering what you all think of it. It can be obtained at or Amazon. The publisher just released an audio version at Amazon (

    Here is the only review I have seen:

    “Excellent and Practical Review of How to Improve Memory Function, October 25, 2013
    By Anonymous – See all my reviews
    This review is from: Memory Power 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Better Learning for Students, Businesspeople, and Seniors (Paperback)
    I’m a neuroscience physician and scientist. I read this book to learn techniques to improve my learning and memory. Although I have a very academic background, I’ve actually always struggled on standardized tests and learning large quantities of information quickly in school. That is why I picked up this book.

    This is a practical read. For someone like me who has knowledge of neuroscience it provides a concise and practical review of important memory concepts and this is adequately simplified for the reader with no neuroscience background. The neuroscience described in this text has immediate real-world application and is practical.

    The memory techniques described have a range of applications from someone who is looking forward to taking their boards again (me) to younger students and the elderly who feel their memory is declining. The book dispels many common myths, which is helpful. There are outlines at the end of each chapter that make concepts easy to review.

    For me, this book had more applications than I anticipated. I use it not only to study, but to remember things about patients, my family, and friends.”

  • Hello everybody. could somebody recommend me some kind of lifehack or any other this kind of book? I’m buying a lot of books on amazon and I want buy as much good books as I can

  • any reviews about about this book from you guys? How to Learn and Memorize English Vocabulary by Anthony Metivier. I am learning english.

  • Francis Blondin-Gravel

    Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. Not the best book on memory, but by far think the most scientifically well informed (900+meta-analysis) and interesting book about what we know about learning. A must for all teachers.

  • Which books will help me in memorizing history related information? Please suggest me a few books and websites.

  • @Syed: you’re already on the right website. 🙂

    Start at the link below and ask additional questions in the forum:

    For books, Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien is a good place to start.

  • I’ve written books of this category. the titles are:

    Memory Techniques for School, Work, and Play
    A Strange Bedtime Story
    A Strange Bedtime Tale

    I’d bet that they are the best of the category. My email is [email protected], of which I can provide info about them & discounts. Descriptions are available at