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Step 1: Read Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer

Step 2: Write three pages (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced)

Page 1: What was the book about?

Page 2: How does this book relate to cognitive psychology?

Page 3: Teach me how to use one of the memory skills described in this book. Give me examples of how it can be used. Carefully walk me through the process. How can I apply this technique to something useful in my everyday life?

Step 3: Answer the following questions. (Hint: Read the three questions before reading the chapter and answer them as you go)

Chapter 1:
1) What card was Michael Jackson?
2) What did Ben Pridmore say in a newspaper interview?
3) Name Joshua’s two new friends.

Chapter 2:
4) Who was the Russian neuropsychologist?
5) Whose stories was Joshua ENCHANTED by?
6) Did Ed explain the trick for making names memorable?

Chapter 3:
7) Are male chickens useless?
8) Why do veteran waiters not have to write down orders?
9) What did George Miller do?

Chapter 4:
10) Tell me about EP.
11) Tell me about HM.
12) What did Freud think about infantile amnesia?

Chapter 5:
13) What’s the principle underlying all memory techniques?
14) Give me Ed’s to-do list.
15) What does Tony Buzan tell anyone who will listen?

Chapter 6:
16) Name one literary work Joshua tried to memorize.
17) What was the name of the farm?
18) Who was the favorite to take Ben’s title?

Chapter 7:
19) How did Socrates feel about writing?
20) What did Joshua remember about One Hundred Years of Solitude?
21) Who was Gordon Bell?

Chapter 8:
22) What is Millennium PAO?
23) How did Joshua do August 19th?
24) If Ericsson was his professor, who was Ed?

Chapter 9:
25) What did Francis Bacon declare?
26) Who was Buzan’s best friend growing up?
27) What does it take to gain knowledge?

Chapter 10:
28) Who was Daniel Tammet?
29) What did Baron-Cohen say about Daniel’s condition?
30) Was Ben Pridmore impressed by Daniel?

Chapter 11:
31) Did Ed make it to the championship?
32) What was the entire name of the contest? “Three Strikes…”
33) How many cards did Ram remember before he could not longer continue?

Epilogue:
34) Did Joshua make it into KL7 on his first attempt?
35) Why did Joshua return to Florida State University?
36) Which is the longest work of literature Joshua has committed to memory?

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STEP 3

Chapter 1:
1) What card was Michael Jackson?
King of Hearths
2) What did Ben Pridmore say in a newspaper interview?
Ben Pridemore said 'it's all about technique and understanding how the memory works. Anyone could do it, really'
3) Name Joshua’s two new friends.
Ed Cooke and Lukas Amsuss

Chapter 2:
4) Who was the Russian neuropsychologist?
A.R. Luria
5) Whose stories was Joshua ENCHANTED by?
Ultra-Orthodox Jews who had memorised all 5,422 pages of the Babylonian Talmud
6) Did Ed explain the trick for making names memorable?
Yes.

Chapter 3:
7) Are male chickens useless?
From the perspective of the poultry farmer, yes.
8) Why do veteran waiters not have to write down orders?
Mastering a specific field (in this case hospitality) breeds a better memory for the details of that field.
9) What did George Miller do?
George Miller published a paper on the limits of our capacity for processing information. According to this paper, we can only think about roughly seven things at a time (plus or minus two)...
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