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Memory: The Key to Consciousness
     

Memory: The Key to Consciousness

by Richard F. Thompson, Stephen A. Madigan
 

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ISBN-10: 0691133115

ISBN-13: 9780691133119

Pub. Date: 08/13/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Memory is perhaps the most extraordinary phenomenon in the natural world. Every person's brain holds millions of bits of information in long-term storage. This vast memory store includes our extensive vocabulary and knowledge of language; the tremendous and unique variety of facts we've amassed; all the skills we've learned, from walking and talking to

Overview

Memory is perhaps the most extraordinary phenomenon in the natural world. Every person's brain holds millions of bits of information in long-term storage. This vast memory store includes our extensive vocabulary and knowledge of language; the tremendous and unique variety of facts we've amassed; all the skills we've learned, from walking and talking to musical and athletic performance; many of the emotions we feel; and the continuous sensations, feelings, and understandings of the world we term consciousness. Without memory there can be no mind as we understand it.

Focusing on cutting-edge research in behavioral science and neuroscience, Memory is a primer of our current scientific understanding of the mechanics of memory and learning. Over the past two decades, memory research has accelerated and we have seen an explosion of new knowledge about the brain. For example, there now exists a wide-ranging and successful applied science devoted exclusively to the study of memory that has yielded better procedures for eliciting valid recollections in legal settings and improved the diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders.

Everyone fascinated by the scope and power of the human brain will find this book unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133119
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/13/2007
Series:
Science Essentials Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,316,354
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What Is Memory? 1
Chapter 2: Memories of the Here and Now 25
Chapter 3: The Early Development of Memory 50
Chapter 4: Ordinary Forgetting 86
Chapter 5: Amnesia 117
Chapter 6: False Memory 142
Chapter 7: Emotional Learning and Memory 162
Chapter 8: Language 197
Chapter 9: Mechanisms of Memory 228
Chapter 10: The Future of Memory 251
Suggested Readings 259
Notes 261
Index 267

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