Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past / Edition 1

Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past / Edition 1

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by Daniel L. Schacter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465075525

ISBN-13: 9780465075522

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Basic Books


Memory. There may be nothing more important to human beings than our ability to enshrine experience and recall it. While philosophers and poets have elevated memory to an almost mystical level, psychologists have struggled to demystify it. Now, according to Daniel Schacter, one of the most distinguished memory researchers, the mysteries of memory are finally…  See more details below

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Memory. There may be nothing more important to human beings than our ability to enshrine experience and recall it. While philosophers and poets have elevated memory to an almost mystical level, psychologists have struggled to demystify it. Now, according to Daniel Schacter, one of the most distinguished memory researchers, the mysteries of memory are finally yielding to dramatic, even revolutionary, scientific breakthroughs. Schacter explains how and why it may change our understanding of everything from false memory to Alzheimer’s disease, from recovered memory to amnesia with fascinating firsthand accounts of patients with striking—and sometimes bizarre—amnesias resulting from brain injury or psychological trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465075522
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
934,800
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.09(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Memory's Fragile Power1
1On Remembering: "A Telescope Pointed at Time"15
2Building Memories: Encoding and Retrieving the Present and the Past39
3Of Time and Autobiography72
4Reflections in a Curved Mirror: Memory Distortion98
5Vanishing Traces: Amnesia and the Brain134
6The Hidden World of Implicit Memory161
7Emotional Memories: When the Past Persists192
8Islands in the Fog: Psychogenic Amnesia218
9The Memory Wars: Seeking Truth in the Line of Fire248
Notes309
Bibliography350
Index387

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Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I started this book some time ago, soon after it came out, probably, in 1996. That was during the height of the recovered memory movement, and this volume is partly a response to that hysteria from a professional psychologist with an interest in memory. The author reviews current theories on memory from both a clinical and a experimental psychology viewpoint. He has several interesting stories to tell, about examples of limited memory loss for certain classes of words, or pictures, and the limited evidence for complete repression of memory. The issue of the difficulty that people have with citing the source for a memory is particularly interesting. I am always being asked how I know something and I cannot say. This tendancy to forget attribution may in particular cause problems with attribution of credit in scholarly works, however.