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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By one of the world’s foremost psychologists, a groundbreaking and award-winning study updated for the 20th anniversary with new research that delves into the complex behavior of memory

Twenty years ago, The Seven Sins of Memory offered the first framework that explained common memory vices—and their surprising virtues. Now, in this updated edition, Daniel L. Schacter revisits his groundbreaking research with the twenty-first century’s cultural trends and scientific discoveries. How does our ever-increasing reliance on Google, Instagram, and other websites harm our mind’s ability to store and retrieve memories? How has repeated exposure to “fake news” and other false statements increased our bias and made it easier for us to think these statements are true? Exploring the memory miscues that occur in everyday life—absentmindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence—Schacter delves into the striking scientific research, giving us a glimpse of the fascinating neurology of memory. Together, the stories and the scientific results provide a new look at our brains and at what we more generally think of as our minds.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547347455

  • ISBN-10: 0547347456

  • Pages: 416

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/07/2002

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Daniel L. Schacter

DANIEL L. SCHACTER is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and received numerous awards for his research, including the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the Fred Kavli Distinguished Career Contributions Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. He is the author of many books on memory and neuropsychology, including The Seven Sins of Memory and Searching for Memory. Schacter lives in Newton, Massachusetts.  ,
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  • reviews

    “A gripping and thought-provoking exploration.” —Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works  

     

    “You could hardly ask for a more knowledgeable interpreter of the scientific literature.” —Stephen S. Hall, New York Times Book Review  

     

    “Schacter offers insight into common malfunctions of the mind.” —USA Today  

     

    “Clear, entertaining and provocative.” —David Williams, ​Seattle Times  

     

    “A fascinating journey through paths of memory, its open avenues and blind alleys. Rarely have I received such a lucid, engaging, and enjoyable book about science.” —Jerome Groopman, MD, author of The Measure of Our Days  

     

    “Beyond the curious and amazing elements of memory, the technical, neurological, and legal issues, Schacter’s work goes to the heart of what it means to be human.” —David Mehegan, Boston Globe 

     

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547347455

  • ISBN-10: 0547347456

  • Pages: 416

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/07/2002

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