Memory Observed: Remembering in Natural Contexts

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Ulric Neisser, Ira Hyman
Macmillan, 2000 - Psychology - 529 pages
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 Memory Observed brings together classic and contemporary essays to explore the processes of memory in real-life contexts. Covering such issues as childhood recollections, eyewitness testimony, special memory feats, and memories of famous individuals, the writings support the authors' thesis that understanding how human memory works requires greater emphasis on everyday situations and less on controlled laboratory experiments.

The much-anticipated new edition has been thoroughly updated with over 40% new essays, increased coverage of early childhood memories and memories of traumatic events, and an expanded introductory section. Neisser offers a thought-provoking supplement for courses in memory, learning and cognition.
  

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Contents

What Are the Important Questions?
3
The Bankruptcy of Everyday Memory
19
A Case of Misplaced Nostalgia
28
Personal Event Memories
35
A Collection of Moments
41
Flashbulb Memories
50
The Day They Heard About Lincoln
66
Phantom Flashbulbs
75
A Case Study of Eyewitness Memory of a Crime
248
John Deans Memory
263
EARLY CHILDHOOD
287
The Origins of Autobiographical Memory
309
False Memories of Childhood Experiences
335
REAL AND IMAGINED
351
A Genuine Recovered Memory
365
PERFORMANCES
381

EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES
105
Memory Day by Day
119
LongTerm Memory for a Common Object
125
Professor Sanfords Morning Prayer
137
Getting What You Want by Revising What You Had
149
Accuracy and Distortion in Memory
164
Parental Recall of ChildRearing Practices
175
Gender Differences in the Recall of a
183
UNDER OATH
197
Eyewitness Testimony
214
Memory for Faces and the Circumstances
223
Preschoolers Remember Sam Stone
232
Oral Poetry in Yugoslavia
397
Tribal History in Liberia
412
Totemic Knowledge in New Guinea
421
Two Approaches to Learning a Theatrical Script
444
Conversational Remembering
457
SPECIAL PEOPLE
473
The Mind of a Mnemonist
479
The Second Mnemonist
487
Rajan Master of Pi
496
An Adult Eidetiker
503
An Exceptional Memory
512
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ULRIC NEISSER, Cornell University.

IRA HYMAN, Western Washington University.

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