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Memory: A Very Short Introduction

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Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Why do we remember events from our childhood as if they happened yesterday, but not what we did last week? Why does our memory seem to work well sometimes and not others? What happens when it goes wrong? Can memory be improved or manipulated, by psychological techniques or even ‘brain implants’? How does memory grow and change as we age? And what of so-called ‘recovered’ memories?

This book brings together the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, and weaves in case-studies

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  1. Dr. Bojan Tunguz says:
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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    A book of memory, 12 April 2011
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    You are, as this book tries to make clear, your memories. That is, your personal identity is so intricately based on the sum total of your memories that it makes it impossible to have any idea of what a “self” may mean without resorting to understand how memory works. Since we take the memories we have to be the basis of our identity, it can be very hard to imagine that this memory has some serious limitations and ways that it can deceive us. A scientific study of memory is about a century and a half old, and over time we have managed to understand quite a bit about the inner working of human memory. The two main types of memory, short term and long term, are familiar to us from everyday life, but what is not too familiar is how short term memories get converted to the long term ones. This book gives an excellent account of this process, as well as how stable long term memories can be.

    The book discusses the neurological basis of memory. All our memories are (at least for the foreseeable future) stored in our brains, and different parts of brain have a different function when it comes to the storage and retrieval of memories. A demage to any of those brain centers can have very serious and debilitating consequences for our normal cognitive functions.

    A chapter of the book is dedicated to memory impairments, as well as to some reliable techniques for boosting one’s memory. It also explains that there is an upper limit to how much we can remember. And that’s a good thing – those few unfortunate individuals who could remember everything (mnemonists) ended up cluttering their minds with absolutely useless information, and normal human activities that we take for granted became impossible for them. It turns out, that we are not just what we remember: we are also what we forget. And that’s worth keeping in mind.

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  2. Gargantua Pantaloon "The Limarian" says:
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    my memory – a short introduction, 7 Oct 2012

    I used to ask my grandma how different things were when she was young and she told me about the time when there were no buses and i was hugely amazed that anybody could be so old and the world could ever be so old and i thought that i would never get old and have tales to tell about a world where there was no such thing as yoghourt or supermarkets or mobile phones and how we all seemed to get on without them and the world was no more or less of a mystery and how there were no Starbucks and the shops would close on wednesday afternoon and everything was shut on sunday and how the town was so quiet and how one day my dad drove us up to london and we parked the car outside Old Scotland Yard and there were no meters, no traffic wardens and no yellow lines and all that then – i thought that i would never get old and have tales to tell and be sad at how it had all gone that i would never get old but now i am telling you like i would explain to myself as a little child at my knee that i sat down at the table and told about how i used to run out into the street when i heard the clatter of the rag and bone mans wooden cart wheels in the street and heard the clanging of the handbell and the cry `any old iron, any old iron’ and the horse pulled up and fed from his hessian bag and the man in the big coat took the broken metal things my mother had given me and he gave me a small blue plastic rocket thing that you could throw at the ground and the explosive cap inside went off and it jumped up high in the air and there were men that delivered the groceries and a baker with a big wicker basket of loaves who used to come to the door and one day my brother didn’t come home and my mother said he was dead of a kidney disease except she didn’t have to tell me i just knew like children do and as i got older and found out about the pain that makes the world go round i knew that was where i found myself in a foul rag and bone shop and a raving slut was keeping the till

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  3. Mike Andrew Dawson says:
    2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    I read this a couple of months ago and have forgotten most of this., 3 Oct 2011
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    Another fascinating and informative book in this wonderful series, his style is sometimes a bit dry but the subject is compelling. I’m going to have to stop reading last thing at night as apparently this is the worst time of day to retain information.

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