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Since its first publication in 1974, Use Your Head has acquired the status of a classic. Translated into twelve languages, with worldwide sales well in excess of 250,0, Tony Buzan's book has helped scores of people to understand the true capacity of the human brain and realise and develop many of the abilities that normally lie dormant.

Now in a new and revised edition of his classic bestseller, Tony Buzan explains the latest discoveries about the brain and helps you to understand more clearly how your mind works. Fully illustrated in colour and black and white, with tests and exercises designed to improve your reading power and memory, Use Your Head will help you to study more effectively, solve problems more readily and develop your own ways of thinking.

Tony Buzan has produced a wide range of books and television programmes on the brain, learning, memory, time management and associated fields.

His current activities are devoted to furthering our knowledge in these rapidly evolving areas. He is at the moment preparing books on the brain's creative potential, the intelligence and consciousness of animals, the family as a learning unit, human aging, and the education of the baby.

He has recently produced an award-winning video package consisting of a six-hour tape with manual, which is being widely distributed throughout Europe to the business world.

In addition to writing a number of volumes of poetry, he has also completed a programme enabling instructors to teach others how to learn, and is working on national and multinational educational programmes.

Cover illustration by Stuart Hughes Photograph of the author by Studio Tranan AB (HakanMalback)

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Tony Buzan

Other books by Tony Buzan:

Speed Memory

Speed Reading Spore One Advanced Learning and Reading - Manual

(with Bernard Chibnall)

The Evolving Brain

(with Terry Dixon) Make the Most of Your Mind

Videotapes: Business Brain

Audiotapes: The Brain/Memory

Based on Use Your Head -a BBC series of ten television programmes produced by Nancy Thomas.

Acknowledgement: the Illustration on page 12 is from 'The organisation of the brain' (page 102) by Walle J. H. Nauta and Michael Feirtag, copyright © September 1979 by SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Inc. All rights reserved.

The Illustrations on pages 12,14 and 97-100 were drawn by Lorraine Gill.

© Tony Buzan 1974,1982,1984

First published 1974

This edition published 1984 by Book Club Associates by arrangement with BBC Publications

Set in Ehrhardt 10/12 by Phoenix Photosetting Printed in England by Mackays of Chatham Ltd dedicated to YOU and to my beloved

Mum and Dad, Jean and Gordon Buzan

With thanks to all those whose effort and co-operation enabled me to write this book:

Zita Albes; Astrid Andersen; Jeannie Beattie;

Nick Beytes; Mark Brown; Joy Buttery; my brother, Barry Buzan; Bernard Chibnall;

Steve and Fanny Colling;

Susan Crockford; Tricia Date; Charles Elton;

Lorraine Gill; Bill Harris; Brian Helweg-Larsen ;

Thomas Jarlov; Trish Lillis; Hermione Lovell;

Annette McGee; Joe McMahon; Khalid Ranjah; Auriol Roberts;

Ian Rosenbloom;

Caitrina Ni Shuilleabhain;

Robert Millard Smith; Chris and Pat Stevens;

Jan Streit; Christopher Tatham;

Lee Taylor; Nancy Thomas; Sue Vaudin; Jim Ward; Bill Watts; Gillian Watts.


Introduction 9

1 Your mind is better than you think 1

Man's understanding of his own mind Your two brains

New discoveries Interconnections of the brain's neurons Why our performance does not match our potential

IQ. tests - the limitations The excellence of the brain demonstrated: the human baby

2 Reading more efficiently and faster 25

Reading and learning problems Reading and learning defined Why reading problems exist Misconceptions about reading and speed reading; how they arise

The eye Perception during reading and learning

Improvement for the slow reader Advantages of fast reading Advanced reading techniques Metronome training

Questions on memory Recall during a learning period Recall after a learning period Review techniques and theory Review, mental ability and age Memory systems

The Number-Rhyme system Key words and concepts in remembering

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