From Memories to Mental Illness: A Conceptual Journey

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From Memories to Mental Illness explores a ground-breaking hypothesis based on the premise that memories are stored as electrically associated entities reflecting the natural organization of those experiences from which they rose. In the book's first half, the neuroscience of memory storage and retrieval, emotional expression, and other basic processes are considered and a comprehensive hypothesis is formulated. The proposed theory is used in the second half as a rational theoretical explanation for such major ...

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Overview

From Memories to Mental Illness explores a ground-breaking hypothesis based on the premise that memories are stored as electrically associated entities reflecting the natural organization of those experiences from which they rose. In the book's first half, the neuroscience of memory storage and retrieval, emotional expression, and other basic processes are considered and a comprehensive hypothesis is formulated. The proposed theory is used in the second half as a rational theoretical explanation for such major psychiatric conditions as multiple personality disorder, depression, mania, and psychogenic amnesia. This text is supported by detailed illustrations to elucidate abstract concepts.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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'Stimulating, interesting, and challenging....The author has taken great pains to make his theory quite internally consistent, with logical suppositions emanating from his central thesis.'
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1998
Booknews
Explains elemental brain processes, such as memory formation and storage, in an attempt to understand mental illness. Part I presents an original hypothesis of the human brain and its organization, beginning with basic neural concepts and moving on to sophisticated mental functions in the formation of a theoretical framework viewing association as the guiding influence on normal mental functioning. Part II uses this hypothesis to provide a theoretical foundation for psychiatric disorders such as MPD, amnesia, and bipolar disorder. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461380115
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

General Considerations. Generalization of Memories. Localization of Memories. Consciousness. Emotion. Statedependency and Emotion. Amnesia and Dissociative Phenomena. Association Hypothesis and Mood Disorders. Miscellaneous Topics. Index.

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