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Understanding Autobiographical Memory
Theories and Approaches

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Dorthe Berntsen, David C. Rubin, Tilmann Habermas, Martin A. Conway, Laura Jobson, Alan Baddeley, Morris Moscovitch, Peggy L. St Jacques, William Hirst, Alexandra Cuc, Dana Wohl, Norman R. Brown, Tia G. B. Hansen, Peter J. Lee, Sarah A. Vanderveen, Fredrick G. Conrad, David B. Pillemer, Kie J. Kuwabara, Patricia J. Bauer, Robyn Fivush, Joseph M. Fitzgerald, Carissa L. Broadbridge, Merlin Donald, Arnaud D'Argembeau
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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521189330

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  • The field of autobiographical memory has made dramatic advances since the first collection of papers in the area was published in 1986. Now, over 25 years on, this book reviews and integrates the many theories, perspectives, and approaches that have evolved over the last decades. A truly eminent collection of editors and contributors appraise the basic neural systems of autobiographical memory; its underlying cognitive structures and retrieval processes; how it develops in infancy and childhood, and then breaks down in aging; its social and cultural aspects; and its relation to personality and the self. Autobiographical memory has demonstrated a strong ability to establish clear empirical generalizations, and has shown its practical relevance by deepening our understanding of several clinical disorders - as well as the induction of false memories in the legal system. It has also become an important topic for brain studies, and helped to enlarge our general understanding of the brain.

    • The 'state of the art' of basic research on autobiographical memory - providing the perfect introduction to students as well as being of central relevance to everyone working in the field
    • All chapters attempt to integrate findings and theory, making them excellent resources for teaching and for providing reviews
    • All contributors are outstanding autobiographical memory researchers and each addresses their particular areas of expertise
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    'This collection of essays on autobiographical memory is superb, presenting both historical perspectives and cutting-edge research. The volume is essential reading for cognitive psychologists and would make a fine set of readings for a seminar on autobiographical memory.' Henry L. Roediger, III, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St Louis

    'Autobiographical memory is one of the most important topics in contemporary memory research. Berntsen and Rubin have assembled a group of leading investigators to write state-of-the-art chapters that provide valuable insights into where the field stands and where it is headed. This is an indispensable collection that should be read by anyone interested in the nature of human memory.' Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory

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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521189330
    • length: 381 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Dorthe Berntsen and David C. Rubin
    Part I. Approaches to the Study of Autobiographical Memory:
    2. The basic systems model of autobiographical memory David C. Rubin
    3. Identity, emotion, and the social matrix of autobiographical memory: a psychoanalytic narrative view Tilmann Habermas
    4. On the nature of autobiographical memory Martin A. Conway and Laura Jobson
    5. Reflections on autobiographical memory Alan Baddeley
    Part II. Neural Studies of Autobiographical Memory:
    6. The contribution of research on autobiographical memory to past and present theories of memory consolidation Morris Moscovitch
    7. Functional neuroimaging of autobiographical memory Peggy L. St Jacques
    Part III. Social and Cultural Aspects of Autobiographical Memory:
    8. Of sins and virtues: memory and collective identity William Hirst, Alexandra Cuc and Dana Wohl
    9. Historically defined autobiographical periods: their origins and implications Norman R. Brown, Tia G. B. Hansen, Peter J. Lee, Sarah A. Vanderveen and Fredrick G. Conrad
    10. Directive functions of autobiographical memory: theory and method David B. Pillemer and Kie J. Kuwabara
    Part IV. Development of Autobiographical Memory from Infancy to Old Age:
    11. The life I once remembered: the waxing and waning of early memories Patricia J. Bauer
    12. Subjective perspective and personal timeline in the development of autobiographical memory Robyn Fivush
    13. Theory and research in autobiographical memory: a life-span developmental perspective Joseph M. Fitzgerald and Carissa L. Broadbridge
    Part V. Evolution and Basic Processes of Autobiographical Memory:
    14. Evolutionary origins of autobiographical memory: a retrieval hypothesis Merlin Donald
    15. Spontaneous recollections: involuntary autobiographical memories are a basic mode of remembering Dorthe Berntsen
    16. Autobiographical memory and future thinking Arnaud D'Argembeau
    Part VI. Discussion:
    17. Understanding autobiographical memory: an ecological theory Dorthe Berntsen and David C. Rubin.

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    • Memory Research
  • Editors

    Dorthe Berntsen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Dorthe Berntsen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Aarhus where she was awarded a Centre of Excellence grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to establish the Center on Autobiographical Memory Research. She is the author of Involuntary Autobiographical Memories: An Introduction to the Unbidden Past (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

    David C. Rubin, Duke University, North Carolina
    David C. Rubin is Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University. He is a leading researcher in the field of autobiographical memory and the editor of Remembering our Past: Studies in Autobiographical Memory (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Autobiographical Memory (Cambridge University Press, 1986) among other books.

    Contributors

    Dorthe Berntsen, David C. Rubin, Tilmann Habermas, Martin A. Conway, Laura Jobson, Alan Baddeley, Morris Moscovitch, Peggy L. St Jacques, William Hirst, Alexandra Cuc, Dana Wohl, Norman R. Brown, Tia G. B. Hansen, Peter J. Lee, Sarah A. Vanderveen, Fredrick G. Conrad, David B. Pillemer, Kie J. Kuwabara, Patricia J. Bauer, Robyn Fivush, Joseph M. Fitzgerald, Carissa L. Broadbridge, Merlin Donald, Arnaud D'Argembeau

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