Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation: Analogous Processes on Different Levels

Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation: Analogous Processes on Different Levels

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ISBN-13: 9780262017046
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/24/2012
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas J. Anastasio is Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kristen Ann Ehrenberger is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Patrick Watson is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wenyi Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction 1

I Types of Memory 15

2 Individual Memory and Forgetting 17

3 Defining Collective Memory 41

4 Three-in-One Model of Memory Consolidation 61

II The Memory Consolidation Process 81

5 Buffering and Attention 83

6 Selection and Relationality 105

7 Generalization and Specialization 127

8 Influence of the Consolidating Entity 161

III Disruption of Consolidation 179

9 Collective Retrograde Amnesia 181

10 Persistence of Consolidated Collective Memory 203

11 Loss of Unconsolidated Collective Memory 227

12 Conclusions 245

References 267

Index 299

What People are Saying About This

Howard Eichenbaum

This book offers an interdisciplinary insight, suggesting the rules of memory consolidation discovered in neuroscience can be fruitfully applied to understand the evolution of collective memory in societies. The authors do a marvelous job of this; as a neuroscientist, I found my views about the neurobiology of memory challenged. I expect this synthesis will, conversely, inspire social scientists to re-think their views on collective memory.

From the Publisher

This book offers an interdisciplinary insight, suggesting the rules of memory consolidation discovered in neuroscience can be fruitfully applied to understand the evolution of collective memory in societies. The authors do a marvelous job of this; as a neuroscientist, I found my views about the neurobiology of memory challenged. I expect this synthesis will, conversely, inspire social scientists to re-think their views on collective memory.

Howard Eichenbaum, Director, Center for Memory and Brain, Boston University

How do memories form? Readers of Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation are treated to a deep and probing journey into this important topic. The authors uncover surprising similarities between the formation of individual memories and the formation of collective memories that form in families, nations, and other groups.

Elizabeth F. Loftus, Distinguished Professor, University of California-Irvine; Former President, Association for Psychological Science

Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation offers a new synthesis of memory research, integrating theories within fields and building bridges between disciplines. Altogether the authors paint a compelling new picture of the ways in which experience gradually gives rise to knowledge, meaning, and construal, for each of us as individuals and for all of the groups we form.

James L. McClelland, Lucie Stern Professor and Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford University

Endorsement

Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation offers a new synthesis of memory research, integrating theories within fields and building bridges between disciplines. Altogether the authors paint a compelling new picture of the ways in which experience gradually gives rise to knowledge, meaning, and construal, for each of us as individuals and for all of the groups we form.

James L. McClelland, Lucie Stern Professor and Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford University

James L. McClelland

Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation offers a new synthesis of memory research, integrating theories within fields and building bridges between disciplines. Altogether the authors paint a compelling new picture of the ways in which experience gradually gives rise to knowledge, meaning, and construal, for each of us as individuals and for all of the groups we form.

Elizabeth F. Loftus

How do memories form? Readers of Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation are treated to a deep and probing journey into this important topic. The authors uncover surprising similarities between the formation of individual memories and the formation of collective memories that form in families, nations, and other groups.

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