Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byJonathan K. Foster

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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 'brainimplants'? 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, anecdotes, and even literature and philosophy, to address these and many other important questions about the science of memory - how it works, and why we can't live without it.

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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 'brainimplants'? How does memory grow and change as we age...

Jonathan Foster has worked for over 20 years as both a scientist and clinician in the field of memory. He currently holds the posts of Senior Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience at Edith Cowan University, Australia; Associate Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia; Senior Scientist at Sir James McCus...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806750

ISBN - 13:9780192806758

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Preface1. You Are Your Memory2. Mapping Your Memories3. Pulling the Rabbit Out of the Hat...4. Sometimes It Works and Sometimes It Doesn't5. Losing It6. The Seven Ages of Man7. Improving MemoryFurther Reading and References