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The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers Paperback – May 7, 2002
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First the good. Essentially Schacter illustrates his 7 sins in a one-sin per chapter style. He describes the sin, illustrates it, often discusses ways to avoid it when necessary, etc. I found he resorted to a few too many anecdotes instead of actual research. Then his last chapter puts forward a 'not-so-groundbreaking' idea that these supposed sins may be either needed or useful from an evolutionary standpoint. The 'sins' he chooses to acknowledge are transience (the fact that we forget over time), absent-mindedness (forgetting due to a failure of attention [often attributed to WM overload, the absent-minded professor], blocking(forgetting of the 'just out of reach type' *G*, misattribution, suggestibility, bias and persistence (that damn tune!).
Unfortunately, Schacter can't seem to decide on the raison d'etre for this book. Is it a self-help guide, a review of recent literature, a medium for advancing a theory? This indecision results in a book that does none of these particularly well. All of the pleasant writing you can fit in 206pgs doesn't leave you feeling like you have a much better understanding of the field.
What annoyed me was the subtitle. With a subtitle like 'How the mind forgets and remembers', I'm afraid I have to conclude that this book does an injustice to the vast field of memory research.
Final word? What does Schacter accomplish?
He points out a few well-known memory problems that everyone can relate to and talks loosely about what researchers think about them. Keep that in mind, and it's worth a looksy at the paperback.
Now that I have given some overview of my motivation, let's talk about the book. In my opinion, this book is an easy read and relatively short (206 pages). The writing is presented in a casual, conversational style. While reading, I felt as though the author was like a knowledgeable professor lecturing to me in a succinct and clear manner, by logically connecting his points, from one to the next. Scientific studies and jargon are presented in such a manner that people like myself, who are enrolled in just the introductory neuroscience course can easily understand them without placing too much strain on my mind.Read more ›
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Rather hard going, but worth the effort. It is comforting, if not curative, to find one's own "problems" of memory are not unique.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet
This book by Daniel L. Schacter has helped me to understand a little better why some people behave in the ways they do. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Ervin
I've been studying memory for some time and there are no grand new concepts in Seven Sins, but lots of new details make it a worthwhile read for the depth of information it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Ries
Excellent discussion of how memory really works and how often it is misunderstood.Published 8 months ago by James Claiborn
In Daniel Schacter's book, "The Seven Sins of Memory," he explores some of the most frustrating and ubiquitous faults and failings of our minds. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jon P Shank