Memory: How We Use It, Lose It and Can Improve It

Memory: How We Use It, Lose It and Can Improve It

by David Samuel
     
 

Few things are as essential to our lives-and as apparently unfathomable-as our memories. As Jane Austen's heroine Fanny Price remarks in Mansfield Park, "if any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory . . . sometimes so retentive and so serviceable, so obedient-and at others so bewildered and so

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Few things are as essential to our lives-and as apparently unfathomable-as our memories. As Jane Austen's heroine Fanny Price remarks in Mansfield Park, "if any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory . . . sometimes so retentive and so serviceable, so obedient-and at others so bewildered and so weak."

In Memory, David Samuel draws on a lifetime of scientific research to produce an informative and wide-ranging view of the subject. He examines how memory has been investigated in the past and what modern studies of brain structure and function can tell us about it. He then goes on to discuss long-term, short-term, and working memory, the limits to and normal loss of memory, the effects of alcohol, drugs and anxiety, Alzheimer's, and both deliberate and unintentional fraud in "tricks of memory."

While exploring the future of memory research, he also addresses the age-old questions of how to improve our memory and why certain people, such as diplomats, actors and doormen, have such good memories.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Draws on decades of scientific research to overview how memory has been investigated in the past and what modern studies of brain structure and function can tell us about it. Discusses long- and short-term memory and working memory, the limits to and normal loss of memory, the effects of drugs and anxiety on memory, and research into Alzheimer's disease. For general readers. The author is a professor of physical chemistry in the department of neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Times-Picayune New Orleans
One of the most intelligent books on this subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814781456
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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Meet the Author

David Samuel is Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He was the Founder and Director of the Centre for the Chemistry of the Brain and Behavior, and a member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He has been a visiting professor at universities in the UK, Canada, and the US, including the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard and Yale.

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