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Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory

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  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
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  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class Overview

Memory is without a doubt the most powerful — and practical — tool of everyday life. By linking both your past and your future, memory gives you the power to plan, reason, perceive and understand. Join Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D., as he reveals scientifically proven strategies to strengthen and improve your memory at any age. After all, the better your memory, the better your brain functions and the more information you'll have at your immediate disposal.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Your Amazing Prehistoric Memory
Meet Peter Vishton and start class by taking a quick memory test. Then get an introduction the Major System, one of the most basic ways your memory encodes information. Learn how to encode numbers into words and distinct images and explore the prehistoric roots of why we think the way we do.
2. Encoding Information With Images
3. Maximizing Short- & Long-Term Memory
4. Why & When We Forget
5. Keeping Your Whole Brain in Peak Condition
6. Human Memory Is Reconstruction, Not Replay

Taught by

Peter M. Vishton
Peter M. Vishton
Peter M. Vishton is an associate professor of psychology at The College of William & Mary. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Cornell University. Before joining the faculty of William & Mary, he taught at Northwestern University and served as the program director for developmental and learning sciences at the National Science Foundation. A consulting editor for the journal Child Development, Prof. Vishton has published articles in many of the top journals in the field of psychology, including Psychological Science, Science, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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