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Autobiographical Memory - David C. Rubin

Autobiographical Memory

By: David C. Rubin (Editor)

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Published: 16th January 1989
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Rubin brings together and integrates the best contemporary work on the cognitive psychology of memories of the self. Autobiographical memory is the basis for most psychotherapies, an important repository of legal, historical, and literary information, and, in some views, the source of the concept of self. When it fails, it is the focus of serious complaints in many neurological disorders. Introductory chapters place the study of autobiographical memory in its historical, methodological, and theoretical contexts. Later chapters report original research concerning the recollections people have of substanial portions of their lives. Topics include the schematic and temporal organization of autobiographical memory, the temporal distribution of autobiographical memories, and failures of autobiographical memory in various forms of amnesia.

'The publication of this excellent collection represents an important occasion in the development of a science of memory ... The book is well organized ... it now seems clear that a proper theory of memory has to be able to encompass remembering events that happen outside the laboratory as well as those that occur inside the laboratory.' Eugene Winograd, Contemporary Psychology ' ... this is an important book that helps advanced students define a vibrant new approach to memory research.' Choice

List of contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Overview
Introductionp. 3
Historical, theoretical, and methodological contexts for the study of autobiographical memory
Autobiographical memory: a historical prologuep. 19
What is autobiographical memory?p. 25
Ways of searching and the contents of memoryp. 50
The general organization of autobiographical memory
Nested structure in autobiographical memoryp. 71
Schematization of autobiographical memoryp. 82
Strategic memory search processesp. 100
Autobiographical memory: a developmental perspectivep. 122
The temporal organization of autobiographical memory
Public memories and their personal contextp. 137
Temporal reference systems and autobiographical memoryp. 159
Temporal distributions of autobiographical memories
Childhood amnesia: an empirical demonstrationp. 191
Autobiographical memory across the lifespanp. 202
Failures of autobiographical memory
Amnesia, autobiographical memory, and confabulationp. 225
A case study of the forgetting of autobiographical knowledge: implications for the study of retrograde amnesiap. 253
Loss and recovery of autobiographical memory after head injuryp. 273
Author indexp. 291
Subject indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780521368506
ISBN-10: 0521368502
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 16th January 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43