The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory by A. R. LuriaThe Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory by A. R. Luria

The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory

byA. R. LuriaForeword byJerome Bruner

Paperback | April 30, 1987

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"The Mind of a Mnemonist is a rare phenomenon - a scientific study that transcends its data and, in the manner of the best fictional literature, fashions a portrait of an unforgettable human being.
The late A. R.Luria was professor of Psychology, University of Moscow.
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Title:The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pagesPublished:April 30, 1987Publisher:Harvard

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the 1987 Edition
  • Foreword to the First Edition
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The Beginning of the Research
  • 3. His Memory
    • The Initial Facts
    • Synesthesia
    • Words and Images
    • Difficulties
    • Eidotechnique
    • The Art of Forgetting
  • 4. His World
    • People and Things
    • Words
  • 5. His Mind
    • His Strong Points
    • His Weak Points
  • 6. His Control of Behavior
    • The Objective Data
    • A Few Words about Magic
  • 7. His Personality

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A welcome re-issue of an English translation of Alexander Luria's famous case-history of hypermnestic man. The study remains the classic paradigm of what Luria called 'romantic science,' a genre characterized by individual portraiture based on an assessment of operative psychological processes. The opening section analyses in some detail the subject's extraordinary capacity for recall and demonstrates the association between the persistence of iconic memory and a highly developed synaesthesia. The remainder of the book deals with the subject's construction of the world, his mental strengths and weaknesses, his control of behaviour and his personality. The result is a contribution to literature as well as to science.