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Memory Distortion

How Minds, Brains, and Societies Reconstruct the Past

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674566767

Publication Date: 09/30/1997


6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 halftones, 13 line illustrations


Human memory [is not] like a photograph album, a collection of cassettes, compact discs or videos or any other accumulative archive of the past. Rather, memories are fragmentary, condensed, often distorted and inaccurate representations of past experience. This point is made in impressive detail by all the contributors to this excellent collection of essays on memory distortion… Memory Distortion provides an outstanding multidisciplinary perspective on memory accuracy, ranging from cognitive psychology through psychiatry, neuropsychology and neurobiology, to sociocultural analyses.—Martin A. Conway, Nature

This is a particularly timely book that compiles the presentations from a 1994 conference sponsored by the Harvard Center for the Study of Mind, Brain, and Behavior. The uniqueness of this volume comes from the diversity of its contributors. It brings together neurobiological, cognitive, psychiatric, neuropsychological, and sociocultural perspectives on the issue of memory distortion. The fundamental theme running through this book is that remembering is a process of reconstruction… The volume competently demonstrates that mind-brain sciences have progressed to a level where scientists of differing ilk may each proffer a different level of analysis…and yet have a meaningful dialogue.—Shitij Kapur, M.D., American Journal of Psychiatry

We owe much to Daniel Schacter for tackling head-on the question of the fallibility of memories. Schacter and colleagues have chosen a challenging interdisciplinary format to present essays on the increasingly controversial topic of memory distortion. This collection of essays emerged from a conference and subsequent discussion groups described as an ‘interface between disciplines.’ This description embodies the tone of Memory Distortion, which takes on the format of a congenial but lively debate among colleagues.—Mark W. Jacobson and Dean C. Delis, Contemporary Psychology

This is a superb collection of chapters, which covers an impressive and wide range of topics related to memory distortion… [E]xploring this phenomenon at many levels is absolutely crucial…[and] I recommend the book to everyone with an interest in normal and pathological distortion.—Lars Nyberg, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology

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