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Memory Distortion / Edition 1
     

Memory Distortion / Edition 1

by Daniel L. Schacter
 

ISBN-10: 0674566769

ISBN-13: 9780674566767

Pub. Date: 09/30/1997

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Hypnosis, confabulation, source amnesia, flashbulb memories, repression--these and numerous additional topics are explored in this timely collection of essays by eminent scholars in a range of disciplines. This is the first book on memory distortion to unite contributions from cognitive psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry, neurobiology, sociology, history, and

Overview

Hypnosis, confabulation, source amnesia, flashbulb memories, repression--these and numerous additional topics are explored in this timely collection of essays by eminent scholars in a range of disciplines. This is the first book on memory distortion to unite contributions from cognitive psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry, neurobiology, sociology, history, and religious studies. It brings the most relevant group of perspectives to bear on some key contemporary issues, including the value of eyewitness testimony and the accuracy of recovered memories of sexual abuse.

The distinguished contributors to this volume explore the full range of biological phenomena and social ideas relevant to understanding memory distortion, including the reliability of children's recollections, the effects of hypnosis on memory, and confabulation in brain-injured patients. They also look into the activity and role of brain systems, cellular bases of memory distortion, and the effects of emotion and trauma on the accuracy of memory. In a section devoted to the social aspects of memory distortion, additional essays analyze the media's part in distorting social memory, factors influencing historical reconstruction of the collective past, and memory distortion in religion and other cultural constructs. Daniel Schacter launches the collection with a history of psychological memory distortions. Subsequent highlights include new empirical findings on memory retrieval by a pioneer in the field, some of the foremost research on computational models, studies of the relationship between emotion and memory, new findings on amnesia by a premier neuroscientist, and reflections on the power of collective amnesia in U.S. history, the Nazi Holocaust, and ancient Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674566767
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
0.89(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Gerald D. Fischbach and Joseph T. Coyle

Memory Distortion: History and Current Status
Daniel L. Schacter

Part I: Cognitive Perspectives

The Reality of Illusory Memories
Elizabeth F. Loftus, Julie Feldman, and Richard Dashiell

Constructive Memory and Memory Distortions: A Parallel-Distributed Processing Approach
James L. McClelland

False Beliefs: Some Developmental and Clinical Considerations
Stephen J. Ceci

Part II: Psychiatric and Psychopathological Perspectives

Hypnosis and Suggestion
David Spiegel

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Psychobiological Mechanisms of Traumatic Remembrance
John H. Krystal, Stephen M. Southwick, and Dennis S. Charney

Mood-congruent Memory Biases in Anxiety and Depression
Susan Mineka and Kathleen Nugent

Part III: Neuropsychological Perspectives

Biological Foundations of Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Memory
Larry R. Squire

Confabulation
Morris Moscovitch

Part IV: Neurobiological Perspectives

Emotional Activation, Neuromodulatory Systems, and Memory
James L. McGaugh

Speculations on the Fidelity of Memories Stored in Synaptic Connections
Rodney A. Swain, Kim E. Armstrong,
Thomas A. Comery, Aaron G. Humphreys,
Theresa A. Jones, Jeff A. Kleim,
and William T. Greenough

Steps Toward a Molecular Definition of Memory Consolidation
Ted Abel, Cristina Alberini,
Mirella Ghirardi, Yan-You Huang,
Peter Nguyen, and Eric R. Kandel

Part V: Sociocultural Perspectives

Some Patterns and Meanings of Memory Distortion in American History
Michael Kammen

Dynamics of Distortion in Collective Memory
Michael Schudson

Ancient Egyptian Antijudaism: A Case of Distorted Memory
Jan Assmann

Part VI: Concluding Reflections

Notes on the Cerebral Topography of Memory and Memory Distortion: A Neurologist's Perspective
Marek-Marsel Mesulam

Memory Distortion and Anamnesis: A View from the Human Sciences
Lawrence E. Sullivan

Contributors

Index

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