Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past

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BasicBooks, 1996 - Psychology - 398 pages
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Drawing on his own work and that of other cognitive, clinical, and neuroscientists, Schacter gives us overwhelming evidence for the thesis that we possess more than one memory system, which explains why some brain-damaged people cannot remember past events, and others cannot acquire new knowledge or call up old. He also shows us how new breakthroughs in brain imaging are allowing us to see, for the first time, the many parts of the brain that must interact to enable us to encode or retrieve a memory. Searching for Memory contains fascinating firsthand accounts of patients with striking - and sometimes bizarre - amnesias resulting from brain injury or psychological trauma. Schacter also takes us into the hidden world of implicit memories - unconscious influences of the past that, outside our awareness, affect our judgments, preferences, and actions. And he examines the nature and accuracy of emotionally traumatic memories, using the latest advances in cognitive neuroscience to clarify vexing issues in the heated controversy over repressed memories of childhood trauma.

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SEARCHING FOR MEMORY: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past

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This long but never dull synthesis of research on memory from the late 19th century to the present provides a host of interesting facts and insights into how our recollections are formed, maintained ... Read full review

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skimmed some of this a bit too dense at times but also fascinating Read full review

Contents

three Of Time and Autobiography
72
seven Emotional Memories
192
eight Islands in the
218
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Daniel L. Schacter is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

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