Remembering the Personal Past: Descriptions of Autobiographical Memory

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In this resonant, scholarly work, Bruce Ross presents an encompassing theoretical framework and overview of autobiographical memory. Drawing on a wide range of ideas from academic psychology, the social sciences, psychoanalysis, and the humanistic disciplines, the author presents a stimulating and original perspective on this increasingly important topic. Ross' description encompasses the full range of subjective responsiveness to personal memories, both with and without awareness, including real-world social ...

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Overview

In this resonant, scholarly work, Bruce Ross presents an encompassing theoretical framework and overview of autobiographical memory. Drawing on a wide range of ideas from academic psychology, the social sciences, psychoanalysis, and the humanistic disciplines, the author presents a stimulating and original perspective on this increasingly important topic. Ross' description encompasses the full range of subjective responsiveness to personal memories, both with and without awareness, including real-world social context and examples that can be compared with one's own experience; critical assessment of psychoanalytic memory concepts with a clear distinction drawn between Freud's ideas and those of his later followers; childhood memories dealt with from dual standpoints of initial origin and adult retrospection; explanations of problems and dilemmas in philosophy and the human sciences that determine both what is to be counted as a memory experience and how memories can be validated; and the phenomena of individual memories compared with characteristics of group-determined memories and socially structured memories that persist across generations. Cognizant of the rich intellectual history of the field, the book also calls on the works of James, Titchener, Freud, Piaget, Baldwin, Janet, Bartlett, Ellis, Bergson, Bloch, Halbwachs, and Merleau-Ponty, among others, to broaden our current understanding of the experience of autobiographical memory. Students and researchers from a number of disciplines concerned with the psychology of memory, cognition, and identity will find this volume both insightful and thought-provoking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195068948
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Catholic University, Washington D.C.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Memory Observed by Introspection
3. Freud's Theory of Memory
4. Additional Freudian Memory Concepts
5. Psychoanalytic Continuations
6. Some Psychoanalytic Offshoots: Summarizing Trends
7. Developmental Memory Theories
8. Sociological and Historical Perspectives
9. Memory Transmission and Cultivation
10. Conclusions and Possibilities

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