Memory In Autism: Theory and Evidence

Memory In Autism: Theory and Evidence

by Jill Boucher, Dermot Bowler
     
 
Many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are remarkably proficient at remembering how things look and sound, even years after an event. They are also good at rote learning and establishing habits and routines. Some even have encyclopaedic memories. However, all individuals with ASD have difficulty in recalling personal memories and reliving experiences, and

Overview

Many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are remarkably proficient at remembering how things look and sound, even years after an event. They are also good at rote learning and establishing habits and routines. Some even have encyclopaedic memories. However, all individuals with ASD have difficulty in recalling personal memories and reliving experiences, and less able people may have additional difficulty in memorising facts. This book assembles research on memory in autism to examine why this happens and the effects it has on people's lives. The contributors utilise advances in the understanding of normal memory systems and their breakdown as frameworks for analysing the neuropsychology and neurobiology of memory in autism. The unique patterning of memory functions across the spectrum illuminates difficulties with sense of self, emotion processing, mental time travel, language and learning, providing a window into the nature and causes of autism itself.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...one of this book's contribution--an unusual essay, co-authored by an individual with autism, that raises the ethical issues of equating difference with deficiency—will interest a broad audience…”
--K. M. Dillon, emerita, Western New England College, CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521184014
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jill Boucher is Professor of Psychology in the Autism Research Group in the Department of Psychology at City University, London.

Dermot Bowler is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Autism Research Group in the Department of Psychology at City University, London.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >