The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 7, 2002 - Psychology - 288 pages
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A groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost memory experts, THE SEVEN SINS OF MEMORY offers the first framework that explains common memory vices -- and their surprising virtues. In this intriguing study, Daniel L. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in everyday life: absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Schacter illustrates these concepts with vivid examples -- case studies, literary excerpts, experimental evidence, and accounts of highly visible news events such as the O.J. Simpson verdict, Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony, and the search for the Oklahoma City bomber. He also delves into striking new scientific research, giving us a glimpse of the fascinating neurology of memory. Together, the stories and the scientific results provide a new look at our brains and at what we more generally think of as our minds.

Winner of the William James Book Award
  

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This book was recommended to me by a professor. It was mostly review for me, but Schacter's organization of the book was interesting, and he writes well and presents his ideas clearly. His style may ... Read full review

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This book taught me so much about memory, it was truly fascinating. I find myself applying it to my everyday life Read full review

Contents

1 The Sin 0f Transience
12
2 The Sin of Absentmindedness
41
3 The Sin of Blocking
61
4 The Sin of Misattribution
88
5 The Sin of Suggestibility
112
6 The Sin of Bias
138
7 The Sin of Persistence
161
Vices or Virtues?
184
Back Matter
207
Back Cover
275
Spine
276
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Page 18 - I have been shocked, and so have members of my family and friends of mine, at how many things that I have forgotten in the last six years, I think because of the pressure and the pace and the volume of events in the President's life, compounded by the pressure of your four-year inquiry, and all the other things that have happened, I'm amazed there are lots of times when I literally can't remember last week.

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Daniel L. Schacter is chairman of the Psychology Department at Harvard University. He has previously written Searching for Memory, which received praise as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of Library Journals Best Science and Technology Books of the Year. The book won the American Psychological Associations William James Book Award and received outstanding reviews in The New Yorker and Publishers Weekly. Schacter was the keynote speaker at the American Psychological Associations 2000 conference and has appeared on 20/20, NBCs Sunday Today, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and, with Alan Alda, on PBSs Scientific American Frontiers.

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