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The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers


The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

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    Daniel Schacter(Author)
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Illustrating decades of research with compelling and often bizarre examples of glitches and miscues, Daniel L Schacter's The Seven Sins of Memory dusts off an old topic and finds material of both practical and theoretical interest. Chair of Harvard's Department of Psychology, Schacter knows his stuff and how to present it memorably. Organising the book by examining each of seven "sins" such as absent-mindedness and suggestibility, Schacter slowly builds his case that these sometimes enraging bugs are actually side effects of system features we wouldn't want to do without. For example, when we focus our attention on one aspect of our surroundings, we inevitably draw attention away from others:

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Daniel Schacter(Author)
  • Houghton Mifflin (Trade); First Edition First Printing Water Damag edition (8 April 2002)
  • English
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  • By Rebecca Brown on 11 July 2001

    Just like the seven deadly sins, the seven memory sins appear routinely in everyday life. How does transcience reflect a weakening of memory over time, how does absent-mindedness occur when failure of attention sabotages memory & how blocking happens when we can't retrieve a name we know well.What startled me about Daniel L. Schacter's point of view is his re-casting of the mold of sin. We all have it that sins are dreadful things that lurk around every corner just waiting to catch us unawares. This researcher-cum-author posits otherwise. You will learn about the biology of memory, the difference between brain & mind, forgetfulness & remembering &, which is perhaps the most novel aspect of this book: discover another way of perceiving "sin".There are The Three Sins of Omission: 1) transcience - here today/gone tomorrow. 2) absent-mindedness - if my head wasn't attached to my neck I'd lose it. 3) blocking - ah, this one is hellatious, especially for a writer!Then there are the Four Sins of Commission: 4) misattribution - you never really said that! 5) suggestibility - like the 'flu, these can be pernicious & withering. 6) bias - how our current knowledge & beliefs color how we remember. 7) persistence - recalling disturbing events or information we wish we wouldn't.Oh, before I forget, this author game me a fascinating & humorous eInterview. What a mind-boggling read! Delightful? Yes, indeed. Well written? Certainly! Interesting? Definitely! Understandable? Readable? Memorable? Eminently so!

  • By CLEOMENES III on 18 December 2016

    Item as described, No problems. Would buy from this vendor again.

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