Remembering the Personal Past: Descriptions of Autobiographical Memory

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byBruce M. Ross

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In this resonant, scholarly work, Bruce Ross presents an encompassing theoretical framework and overview of autobiographical memory. Drawing on a wide range of ideas from academic psychology, the social sciences, psychoanalysis, and the humanistic disciplines, the author presents astimulating and original perspective on this increasingly important topic. Ross' description encompasses the full range of subjective responsiveness to personal memories, both with and without awareness, including real-world social context and examples that can be compared with one's ownexperience; critical assessment of psychoanalytic memory concepts with a clear distinction drawn between Freud's ideas and those of his later followers; childhood memories dealt with from dual standpoints of initial origin and adult retrospection; explanations of problems and dilemmas in philosophyand the human sciences that determine both what is to be counted as a memory experience and how memories can be validated; and the phenomena of individual memories compared with characteristics of group-determined memories and socially structured memories that persist across generations. Cognizantof the rich intellectual history of the field, the book also calls on the works of James, Titchener, Freud, Piaget, Baldwin, Janet, Bartlett, Ellis, Bergson, Bloch, Halbwachs, and Merleau-Ponty, among others, to broaden our current understanding of the experience of autobiographical memory.Students and researchers from a number of disciplines concerned with the psychology of memory, cognition, and identity will find this volume both insightful and thought-provoking.

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In this resonant, scholarly work, Bruce Ross presents an encompassing theoretical framework and overview of autobiographical memory. Drawing on a wide range of ideas from academic psychology, the social sciences, psychoanalysis, and the humanistic disciplines, the author presents astimulating and original perspective on this increasin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.06 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Memory Observed by Introspection3. Freud's Theory of Memory4. Additional Freudian Memory Concepts5. Psychoanalytic Continuations6. Some Psychoanalytic Offshoots: Summarizing Trends7. Developmental Memory Theories8. Sociological and Historical Perspectives9. Memory Transmission and Cultivation10. Conclusions and Possibilities

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"A lucid, cohesive, and fascinating overview. It will also serve as a particularly valuable complement and balance for neuroscientists, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists and neurologists."--AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, APRIL 1995