Psychology: Memory

How Things Get Remembered
Long-Term Memory System
Memory Organization
Encoding and LTM
Remembering and Forgetting

Searching for Memory
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This section - Searching for Memory - is based on the book: Daniel L. Schacter, "Searching for memory: the brain, the mind, and the past", BasicBooks, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, 1996. The book is an excellent introduction on memory. It is written in an easy to understand language and up-to date on memory research (including recent findings in neuroscience). I especially like the book because each chapter opens with the story about people whose lives are profoundly affected by the function of memory. Many stories are about artists and their works about memory or about memories drawn from their pasts. For example, introduction opens with the story about the book - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Later, we learn about artists and people attempting to recapture their past or to come to term with their traumatic memories.

Our lives are affected by the function of memory. Yet, we do not think about what we know, how we come to know about ourselves, people or things. But for some of us, the moment comes to question about what we know, and who we are. The memory is the key to understand the core of ourselves. Or rather, it is the core awaiting to be examined and understood.

This section is dedicated to the memory of Hiroshima (bombed 8/6/45), Nagasaki, and the concentration camps. Also, it is dedicated to my memory of growing up in Hiroshima, re-living and assimilating terror and pain in the past.

Source(s): Daniel L. Schacter, "Searching for memory: the brain, the mind, and the past", (New York, 1996).


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