Memory Distortion: How Minds, Brains, and Societies Reconstruct the Past

Daniel L. Schacter, Joseph T. Coyle
Harvard University Press, 1997 - 417 pagina's

Hypnosis, confabulation, source amnesia, flashbulb memories, repression--these and numerous additional topics are explored in this timely collection of essays by eminent scholars in a range of disciplines. This is the first book on memory distortion to unite contributions from cognitive psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry, neurobiology, sociology, history, and religious studies. It brings the most relevant group of perspectives to bear on some key contemporary issues, including the value of eyewitness testimony and the accuracy of recovered memories of sexual abuse.

The distinguished contributors to this volume explore the full range of biological phenomena and social ideas relevant to understanding memory distortion, including the reliability of children's recollections, the effects of hypnosis on memory, and confabulation in brain-injured patients. They also look into the activity and role of brain systems, cellular bases of memory distortion, and the effects of emotion and trauma on the accuracy of memory. In a section devoted to the social aspects of memory distortion, additional essays analyze the media's part in distorting social memory, factors influencing historical reconstruction of the collective past, and memory distortion in religion and other cultural constructs. Daniel Schacter launches the collection with a history of psychological memory distortions. Subsequent highlights include new empirical findings on memory retrieval by a pioneer in the field, some of the foremost research on computational models, studies of the relationship between emotion and memory, new findings on amnesia by a premier neuroscientist, and reflections on the power of collective amnesia in U.S. history, the Nazi Holocaust, and ancient Egypt.

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Schacter (Harvard, psychology) and others from a wide variety of fields deliver a substantial volume on the dysfunctions of memory. A central theme is the often large difference between memory input ... Volledige review lezen


History and Current Status
The Reality of Illusory Memories
A Parallel
Some Developmental
Hypnosis and Suggestion
Moodcongruent Memory Biases in Anxiety and Depression
Biological Foundations of Accuracy
Emotional Activation Neuromodulatory Systems
Speculations on the Fidelity of Memories Stored
Steps Toward a Molecular Definition of Memory
Some Patterns and Meanings of Memory Distortion
Dynamics of Distortion in Collective Memory
Notes on the Cerebral Topography of Memory

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Over de auteur (1997)

Daniel L. Schacter is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

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