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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that incorporates the ever-changing technology and the approaches to the study of memory. The first edition was published in 1984 and the second edition in 1992.
Purpose: The purpose is provide updated and current thinking within the field of neuropsychology. The editors have compiled a collection of notable scientists to share their current approaches to the study of memory and to summarize their thoughts and ideas. Of interest are the chapters which discuss functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) as these neuroimaging techniques were not used or unavailable at the time of the second edition in 1992. The book is a worthy contribution to the field and meets the objectives.
Audience: This book is intended primarily for graduate students, academicians, researchers, and neuropsychologists. The editors and contributors are credible authorities in the field.
Features: The book is broken down into three parts: the first presents the studies of normal and abnormal memory in humans; the second, studies of memory in nonhuman primates; and the third, studies of memory in rodents and birds. The chapters are thorough, some chapters are technical yet readable, and the topics are quite relevant. The chapters on Alzheimer's developmental amnesia, and memory rehabilitation are a must read. The index is user-friendly, and this book has continued staying power as a teaching text.
Assessment: A well-written and smartly updated edition in what continues to be a prominent book within the field. This is an appropriate replacement of the 1992 edition and will continue to serve the needs of researchers as well as serve as a solid teaching tool.