Now available as a low priced paperback, this is an innovative, readable and engaging companion to the language of memory research. It consists of over 130 entries, bound within a coherent conceptual framework. Each entry starts with a definition, or a set of definitions, followed by in-depth and provocative discussion of the origin, meaning, usage and applicability of ideas and problems central to the neuroscience of memory and scientific culture at large. The
entries, linked by webs of associations, can be read and enjoyed, and provide a versatile tool kit; a source for definitions, information and further reading; a trigger for contemplation, discussion and experimentation; and an aid to study, teaching and debate in classes and seminars. The text is
supported by an extensive reference listing, and there is a comprehensive subject index, incorporating a much wider range of terms relevant to the field. Memory from A to Z provides a unique, highly valuable introduction to the field of memory for students and researchers approaching the subject for the first time, while at the same time serving and stimulating the more experienced.
`The author of this themed set of short notes has his roots firmly planted in the microscopic aspects of memory, yet shows an enviable grasp of the big picture, crossing between levels of analysis with ease and grace. For his insights on subjects as diverse as Birdsong and Immediate early genes, he easily averages alpha double plus . . . According to the author, the book aims to serve as a sort of idealised lexicon for his students, but it has much wider
value as a map and compass for everyone who wishes to maintain his bearings in this increasingly complex field.'
Journal of Neurology, 250
`Yadin Dudai has created a wonderfully engaging, unique and thoughtful collection of mini-essays on a wide range of memory and memory-related topics. Although the topics really do range from A-Z, the book is not a dictionary or encylopedia. It consists of novel, critical and up-to-date discussions of current as well as timeless conceptual and methodological issues in memory and memory research. This book is a "must read" (and must have handy) for all who
are seriously interested in what is known and not known about the nature and neural bases of memory.'
James L. McGaugh, Director, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Research Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California
`Dudai's Memory from A-Z reflects a depth of knowledge and wisdom surpassed only by his irrepressible humour. Never has learning the alphabet been so much fun.'
Richard Morris, Department of Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh
`This is a good introduction to the various terms one must know when studying memory. This book would make an excellent supplement to any memory course.'
`A work of highly enjoyable scholarship.'
Steven Rose, New Scientist
`A charming book designed especially for the student... the 131 essays that make up the book are scholarly, up-to-date, even handed and rich in citations... this is an engaging format.'
Larry Squire, Nature
Examples of entries (all together 132)
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0
Weight (kg): 0.57