Memory is perhaps the most extraordinary phenomenon in
the natural world. Every person's brain holds millions of bits of
information in long-term storage. This vast memory store includes
our extensive vocabulary and knowledge of language; the tremendous
and unique variety of facts we've amassed; all the skills we've
learned, from walking and talking to musical and athletic
performance; many of the emotions we feel; and the continuous
sensations, feelings, and understandings of the world we term
consciousness. Without memory there can be no mind as we understand
Focusing on cutting-edge research in behavioral science and
neuroscience, Memory is a primer of our current scientific
understanding of the mechanics of memory and learning. Over the
past two decades, memory research has accelerated and we have seen
an explosion of new knowledge about the brain. For example, there
now exists a wide-ranging and successful applied science devoted
exclusively to the study of memory that has yielded better
procedures for eliciting valid recollections in legal settings and
improved the diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders.
Everyone fascinated by the scope and power of the human brain
will find this book unforgettable.
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