Memory Distortion: How Minds, Brains, and Societies Reconstruct the Past

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Daniel L. Schacter, Joseph T. Coyle
Harvard University Press, 1995 - Medical - 417 pages
Hypnosis, confabulation, source amnesia, flashbulb memories, repression - these and numerous additional topics are explored in this timely collection of essays by eminent scholars in a range of disciplines. This is the first book on memory distortion to unite contributions from cognitive psychology, psychopathology, psychiatry, neurobiology, sociology, history, and religious studies. It brings the most relevant group of perspectives to bear on some key contemporary issues, including the value of eyewitness testimony and the accuracy of recovered memories of sexual abuse.

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Schacter (Harvard, psychology) and others from a wide variety of fields deliver a substantial volume on the dysfunctions of memory. A central theme is the often large difference between memory input ... Read full review


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Daniel L. Schacter is chairman of the Psychology Department at Harvard University. He has previously written Searching for Memory, which received praise as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of Library Journal s Best Science and Technology Books of the Year. The book won the American Psychological Association s William James Book Award and received outstanding reviews in The New Yorker and Publishers Weekly. Schacter was the keynote speaker at the American Psychological Association s 2000 conference and has appeared on 20/20, NBC s Sunday Today, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and, with Alan Alda, on PBS s Scientific American Frontiers.

Joseph T. Coyle is the Eben S. Draper Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA, USA.

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