Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older: How Memory Shapes our Past

Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older: How Memory Shapes our Past

by Douwe Draaisma
     
 

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Originally published in Dutch by Historische Uitgervrij in 2001; this translation makes the work accessible to English speakers. Draaisma (history of psychology, U. of Groningen, The Netherlands) writes for the professional psychologist as well as for the general reader with a sophisticated attention span; that is, he gives no simple answers but rather reviews the…  See more details below

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Originally published in Dutch by Historische Uitgervrij in 2001; this translation makes the work accessible to English speakers. Draaisma (history of psychology, U. of Groningen, The Netherlands) writes for the professional psychologist as well as for the general reader with a sophisticated attention span; that is, he gives no simple answers but rather reviews the myriad avenues of inquiry related to memory, incorporating examples, anecdotes, and research. He explores the characteristics of memory under all sorts of physical and emotional circumstances, including, but not exclusively, aging, which merits its own chapter on life speeding up. Among the topics are first memories, smell, remembering forwards and backwards, the savant syndrome, trauma, deja vu, and forgetting. Indexing is by name, but not by subject. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

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"Draaisma...is a terrific writer, whose erudition and passion for the topic are apparent in every page."
—Nature Magazine

"This is a provacative and well-written book."
—Desert Morning News

"Douwe Draaisma's Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older won prizes when it appeared in Dutch, and is a treasure. The result is informative, amusing and moving. Long after you close it, it leaves a good memory."
—New Scientist, Jon Turney

"...expertly and fluidly integrates applied autobiographical memory topics with interesting historical and contemporary vignettes of the psychology research literature. Excellent supplementary reading for courses in cognitive psychology and the history of psychology, highly recommended."
—CHOICE

"Douwe Draaisma has written a delightful book about some intriguing aspects of memory...We applaud Draaisma's identification of hard-to-reach places and hope that this book will challenge experimental psychologists to develop new methodologies."
—PsycCritiques, Elizabeth J. Marsh, Lisa K. Fazio

"In this remarkable volume, our hope of understanding the impact of time upon memory is amply met. Douwe Draaisma, an academic psychologist in the Netherlands, has organized a compelling and thorough review of studies in memory. These studies are offered to the reader in understandable terms, thanks to both the author's clarity of presentation and to the skill of the translators, Arnold and Erica Pomerans."
—Philip W. Brickner, MD

"...Applying a unique blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility, and keen observation, he tackles such extraordinary phenomena as déjà-vu, near-death experiences, the memory feats of idiot savants, and the effects of extreme trauma on memory recall. Raising almost as many questions as it answers, this fascinating book will not fail to affect you at the same time as it educates and entertains."
—Human Evolution

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107646261
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2012
Series:
Canto Classics Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Douwe Draaisma is Professor of History of Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is the author of Metaphors of Memory (Cambridge, 2001).

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