"An acute and poetic observer of human nature, Daniel Schacter has brought together a powerful and original synthesis of current work on memory, and a poignant evocation of memory's 'fragile power', in a book that manages to be at once weightly and delightful. Searching for Memory ponders every aspect of memo ry: how different forms of memory may be weakened or obliterated with disease; how, far below the level of consciousness, implicit memory allows us to perceive, speak and act; how memories are transmitted, and transformed, by culture and art; how memories --and selves--are built through experience, and continually reconstructed throughout life."--
Oliver Sacks, author of An Anthropologist on Mars
"Memory is an eternally gripping subject, though never so much as in recent years. Searching for Memory is an engrossing and monumental explanation of what we know about memory, written by one of the world's most distinguished scientists on the topic. Its scientific thoroughness and its pertinent references to art, literature, and current affairs make it a fascinatingand indispensable guide."--Steven Pinker, Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT, and author of The Language Instinct
"In his comprehensive Searching for Memory, Daniel Schacter provides an authoritative synthesis of scientific findings (many from his own research), an evocative compilation of relevant works of art, and a convincing account of the human experience of memory."--Howard Gardner, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of Leading Minds
"If you ever have doubts about the reliability of your recollections and if you want to understand why memory can play unexpected tricks on all of us, this is the book for you. Drawing on a wealth of findings from memory research, and aided by careful scholarship and a sharp focus, Daniel Schacter convincingly undermines the myth of remembrance as the objective replica of things past. And as he does, he succeeds in illuminating the scaffolding behind the creative mental reconstructions which let us search for lost time. A notable achievement."--Antonio R. Damasio, M.D., Ph.D., M.W. Van Allen Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa and author of Descartes' Error
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