Thought-provoking reading on the subject of memorization, perception, brain fitness, and creative thinking. For free articles and interviews, visit the In the Media and Blog sections of this website. 

Please patronize your local independent bookstore or library! For hard-to-find titles, check two excellent sources online: Strand Book Store in New York City and Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon. 


Eggers, Dave. The Circle. San Francisco: McSweeney's Books (2014).

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. New York: Vintage (2003).

Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. New York: Random House (1961).

Human-Computer Interaction

Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. New York: W.W. Norton (2010).

Harris, Michael. The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection. New York: Penguin (2014).

Nass, Clifford. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships. New York: Penguin (2010).

Rosen, Larry. iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

Sax, David. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. New York: Public Affairs (2016)

Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books (2011).

Improvisation & Play

Hudgins, Andrew. The Joker: A Memoir. New York: Simon & Schuster (2013).

Johnstone, Keith. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre. New York: Routledge (1989).

Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. (1991).

Ryan Madson, Patricia. Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up. New York: Bell Tower (2005).

Watkins, Alexandra. Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler (2014).

Language & Linguistics

Arlotto, Anthony. Introduction to Historical Linguistics. Washington, DC: University Press of America, Inc. (1972).

Chomsky, Noam and Halle, Morris. The Sound Pattern of English. New York: Harper & Row (1968).


Foer, Joshua. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. New York: The Penguin Press (2011).

Lorayne, Harry & Lucas, Jerry. The Memory Book. New York: Stein and Day (1974).

Lorayne, Harry. Super Memory / Super Student: How to Raise Your Grades in 30 Days. New York: Little, Brown and Company (1990).

Lucas, Jerry. Names & Faces Made Easy. Dallas: Lucas Educational Systems, Inc. (2000).

Small, Gary. The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy For Keeping Your Brain Young. New York: Hyperion (2002).

Yates, Frances. The Art of Memory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1966).

Psychology & Brain Science

Chabris, Christopher F. and Simons, Daniel J. The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. New York: Broadway Paperbacks (2009).

Doidge, Norman. The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. New York: Penguin (2007).

Hallowell, Edward. CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life. New York: Ballantine Books (2006).

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000).

Sacks, Oliver. The Mind's Eye. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (2010).

Stone, Alex. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Powers of the Mind. New York: HarperCollins (2012).

Tammet, Daniel. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant. New York: Free Press (2007).


Barrow, Karen. “Have We Met? Tracing Face Blindness to Its Roots,” New York Times, December 27, 2011.

Mehta, Ravi; Zhu, Rui (Juliet); Cheema, Amar. "Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition." Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 39, No. 4. December 2012. Pp. 784–799.

Parker-Pope, Tara. “What Clown on a Unicycle? Studying Cellphone Distraction,” New York Times, October 22, 2009.

Quenqua, Douglas. “Cellphone Talkers Proved To Be Irritants, Study Says,” New York Times, March 13, 2013.

Solomon, Andrew. "The Closing of the American Book," New York Times, July 10, 2004.

Standing, Lionel. “Learning 10,000 pictures,” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 25:2, 207-222 (1973).

Tugend, Alina. “Multitasking Can Make You Lose ... Um ... Focus,” New York Times, October 25, 2008.

Wright, Sylvia. “The Death of Lady Mondegreen,” Harper’s Magazine, November 1954.