The Nature of Early Memory: An Adaptive Theory of the Genesis and Development of Memory

Hardcover | May 18, 2011

byMark L. Howe

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In this useful text, Mark L. Howe presents the most complete book-length exegesis of the research and theory concerning the emergence and development of declarative, long-term memory from birth through early adolescence. The book also contains the first presentation of Howe's theory thatmemory is an adaptive mechanism that is used to guide the development and survival of the organism in an initially novel, yet changing environment. The book is divided into four parts: In the first part, Howe discusses why memory development is important; in the second, he discusses infantile amnesia and autobiographical memory; in the third part, Howe explores a series of key factors that have an impact on early memorydevelopment--distinctiveness, emotion, stress, and maltreatment; and finally, he gives a detailed presentation of the theory of memory as an adaptation, and applies results to real-world problems. In addition to reviewing the basic-science research on both humans and nonhuman animals, Howe devotes a significant portion of the book to clinical and forensic topics, including the roles of stress and trauma in memory development, the development of false recollection, memory for traumaticexperiences, the effects of depression, PTSD, and dissociation on early memory development, and nonhuman animal research on the nature of infantile amnesia. In bringing together this diverse-yet-influential body of literature, Howe presents a valuable resource for anyone interested in research onmemory.

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In this useful text, Mark L. Howe presents the most complete book-length exegesis of the research and theory concerning the emergence and development of declarative, long-term memory from birth through early adolescence. The book also contains the first presentation of Howe's theory thatmemory is an adaptive mechanism that is used to g...

Mark L. Howe, PhD is Professor and Chair in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Research in Human Development at Lancaster University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:May 18, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195381416

ISBN - 13:9780195381412

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ContentsPart I: The Significance and Earliest Signs of Early Memory1. On the Importance of Studying Early Memory2. Studying Memory in Nonverbal Human Organisms3. Neurobiological Development and the Beginnings of Early MemoryPart II: Infantile Amnesia, Autobiographical Memory, and the Remembering Self4. Infantile Amnesia in Human and Nonhuman Animals5. The Onset and Early Development of Autobiographical Remembering6. Consciousness and Early Memory DevelopmentPart III: The Role of Distinctiveness, Emotion, Stress, and Trauma in Memory Development7. Distinctiveness and Emotion in Early Memory Development8. Chronic Stress and Maltreatment in Early Memory Development9. Children's False Memory IllusionsPart IV: The Adaptive Nature of Memory and its Development10. Evolutionary and Adaptive Significance of the Genesis and Early Development of MemoryReferencesAuthor Index