Memories Are Made of This: How Memory Works in Humans and Animals

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Memory enables us to make experience meaningful and to form coherent identities for ourselves and intelligible perceptions of others. Indeed, our ability to imagine, anticipate, and create the future is directly commensurate with our ability to retrieve and recollect past experiences.

But for all its vital importance in human cognition, for all that it seems so ordinary and obvious, memory remains in many ways as complex and mysterious today as it seemed to ancient philosophers....

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Overview

Memory enables us to make experience meaningful and to form coherent identities for ourselves and intelligible perceptions of others. Indeed, our ability to imagine, anticipate, and create the future is directly commensurate with our ability to retrieve and recollect past experiences.

But for all its vital importance in human cognition, for all that it seems so ordinary and obvious, memory remains in many ways as complex and mysterious today as it seemed to ancient philosophers. We need only to think about the "tip-of-the-tongue" experience to wonder how memories are formed, where they reside in our brains, and why some are retained, while others are forgotten. What is the difference between long- and short-term memory? Can memory be strengthened? Memories Are Made of This is an account of current memory science that offers answers to these and a host of other questions, comprehensively distilling much diverse and

rigorous science. It delves into the biology of memory functions and researches into the

mechanics and genetics of memory and the importance of emotions, particularly those resulting from trauma, in the memory process. Of special focus are investigations of cognition in other species. Are we the only animals who remember and forget? If not, are there commonalties in the memories of different species? The book also surveys our understanding of the effects of injury and disease on memory and concludes with an assessment of emerging pharmacological efforts to preserve and protect our memories and, in turn, ourselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Leonardo - Rob Harle
Reading it closely is like drinking champagne cocktails: everything starts out innocently... then bang—it hits you like a sledgehammer.
Leonardo - Robert Pepperell
...is a highly readable and accessible account of recent research into memory...
Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books - Michael J. Beran & Duane M. Rumbaugh
grabbed our attention immediately...this book joins a rather short list of books that would be of interest and value to students in the classroom as well as to the popular science audience...we highly recommend this book
Leonardo
Reading it closely is like drinking champagne cocktails: everything starts out innocently... then bang—it hits you like a sledgehammer.

— Rob Harle

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books
grabbed our attention immediately...this book joins a rather short list of books that would be of interest and value to students in the classroom as well as to the popular science audience...we highly recommend this book

— Michael J. Beran & Duane M. Rumbaugh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231120210
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Series: Maps of the Mind Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rusiko Bourtchouladze, a director of model systems at Helicon Therapeutics, Inc., and an adjunct associate professor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has published many key articles and papers on memory research.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Wax, Theatres and Nonsense Syllables: A Brief Overview of the History of MemoryHow Many Memory Systems Are There? The Wiring of a Sea Horse: What is the Hippocampus For? Almond's Fears and Emotions: The Amygdala and RememberingThe Flip Side of the CoinThe Biology of MemoryWhat Have Genes Got to Do With It?

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