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The Memory Process: Neuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives by Suzanne Nalbantian

The convergence of neuroscience, philosophy, art, music, and literature offers valuable new insights into the study of memory.

The Memory Process offers a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of human memory, with contributions from both neuroscientists and humanists. The first book to link the neuroscientific study of memory to the investigation of memory in the humanities, it connects the latest findings in memory research with insights from philosophy, literature, theater, art, music, and film.

Chapters from the scientific perspective discuss both fundamental concepts and ongoing debates from genetic and epigenetic approaches, functional neuroimaging, connectionist modeling, dream analysis, and neurocognitive studies. The humanist analyses offer insights about memory from outside the laboratory: a taxonomy of memory gleaned from modernist authors including Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and William Faulkner; the organization of memory, seen in drama ranging from Hamlet to The Glass Menagerie; procedural memory and emotional memory in responses to visual art; music's dependence on the listener's recall; and the vivid renderings of memory and forgetting in such films as Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The chapters from the philosophical perspective serve as the bridge between science and the arts. The volume's sweeping introduction offers an integrative merging of neuroscientific and humanistic findings.

Contributors
John Bickle, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Valérie Doyère, Yadin Dudai, Atillio Favorini, John Burt Foster, David Freedberg, Walter Glannon, Robert Stickgold, David Hertz, William Hirstein, Joseph LeDoux, Paul Matthews, James L. McClelland, Suzanne Nalbantian, Isabelle Peretz, Alan Richardson, Edmund Rolls, Séverine Samson, Alcino Silva, Barbara Tillmann, Fernando Vidal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262014571
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,119,515
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Nalbantian is Professor of Comparative Literature at Long Island University and the author of Memory in Literature: From Rousseau to Neuroscience, Aesthetic Autobiography, and other books.

Paul M. Matthews is Vice President at GlaxoSmithKline in London, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at Imperial College, London, and the coauthor of The Bard on the Brain: Understanding the Mind through the Art of Shakespeare.James L. McClelland is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of Parallel Distributed Processing (1986) and Semantic Cognition (2004), both published by the MIT Press. With David E. Rumelhart, he was awarded the 2002 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his work in the field of cognitive neuroscience on a cognitive framework called parallel distributed processing and the concept of connectionism.

Paul M. Matthews is Vice President at GlaxoSmithKline in London, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at Imperial College, London, and the coauthor of The Bard on the Brain: Understanding the Mind through the Art of Shakespeare.James L. McClelland is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation at Stanford University. He is the coauthor of Parallel Distributed Processing (1986) and Semantic Cognition (2004), both published by the MIT Press. With David E. Rumelhart, he was awarded the 2002 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his work in the field of cognitive neuroscience on a cognitive framework called parallel distributed processing and the concept of connectionism.

John Bickle is Professor and Head of the Mississippi State University Philosophy and Religion Department.

William Hirstein is Professor of Philosophy at Elmhurst College, Illinois and the author of Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation (MIT Press).

Suzanne Nalbantian is Professor of Comparative Literature at Long Island University and the author of Memory in Literature: From Rousseau to Neuroscience, Aesthetic Autobiography, and other books.

What People are Saying About This

Endorsement

The last two decades have been stellar ones for neuroscience. In pursuing memory, a perfect subject for interdisciplinary dialogue, the editors of this breakthrough collection arrive at a new threshold of intellectual excitement and promise. Proponents of comparative approaches to literature and the arts will see why we should connect with crucial scientific developments; conversely, specialists in brain and mind research are encouraged to discover a treasury of data in artworks. Two orders of complexity are here brought together in exemplary creative fashion.

Gerald E.P. Gillespie, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Daniel L. Schacter

Memory has long been a topic of great interest to both neuroscientists and humanists, but the two groups have for the most part worked independently. The Memory Process bridges the gap by linking insights from leaders in both disciplines. This pioneering volume will help to set an agenda for the interdisciplinary study of memory, and is therefore essential for anyone interested in the nature of remembering and forgetting.

From the Publisher

"Memory has long been a topic of great interest to both neuroscientists and humanists, but the two groups have for the most part worked independently. The Memory Process bridges the gap by linking insights from leaders in both disciplines. This pioneering volume will help to set an agenda for the interdisciplinary study of memory, and is therefore essential for anyone interested in the nature of remembering and forgetting." Daniel L. Schacter, William R.

Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins ofMemory

"The last two decades have been stellar ones for neuroscience. In pursuing memory, a perfect subject for interdisciplinary dialogue, the editors of this breakthrough collection arrive at a new threshold of intellectual excitement and promise. Proponents of comparative approaches to literature and the arts will see why we should connect with crucial scientific developments;conversely, specialists in brain and mind research are encouraged to discover a treasury of data in artworks. Two orders of complexity are here brought together in exemplary creative fashion." GeraldE.P. Gillespie, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Gerald E.P. Gillespie

The last two decades have been stellar ones for neuroscience. In pursuing memory, a perfect subject for interdisciplinary dialogue, the editors of this breakthrough collection arrive at a new threshold of intellectual excitement and promise. Proponents of comparative approaches to literature and the arts will see why we should connect with crucial scientific developments; conversely, specialists in brain and mind research are encouraged to discover a treasury of data in artworks. Two orders of complexity are here brought together in exemplary creative fashion.

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