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Searching For Memory: The Brain, The Mind, And The Past Paperback – May 2, 1997
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This is an excellent book on an important topic. -- The New York Times Book Review, Stuart Sutherland
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Memory is vastly complex—from functional or working memory to semantic memory and emotional memory, the brain accomplishes tasks in ways that are both awesome and elegant, by turns simple and straightforward, by turns dazzling and barely describable.
‘Memory’, writ-large, has been described in different ways, along a continuum from dry neuroscience to wet. Philosophers and epistemologists speak in an abstract and theoretical language. Where, exactly, is Locke’s ‘reflection’? And what is it? When they try to get specific (Descartes locating the soul in the pineal gland) they appear quaint and even silly. Neuroscientists, at the other end of the spectrum, come closer to physical realities, identifying different types of neurotransmitter, e.g., and finding connections between those substances and such afflictions as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.
Psychologists are somewhere in between, utilizing more ‘dry’ experiments (e.g., having subjects listen to a series of words or numbers and then attempting to recall some or all of them under varying conditions) and drawing conclusions that might be verified by more ‘wet’ investigations.
Schacter is a psychologist, but a very knowledgeable one, a psychologist fully aware of the insights and (nearly always tentative) conclusions of contemporary neuroscience. Thus, his book, Searching for Memory, principally concerns psychological research, but psychological research informed by modern neuroscience. The book summarizes a vast amount of such research, focusing on such specific aspects of memory as the identifiable varieties of amnesia.
The book is fascinating throughout, but the non-scientific reader (such as myself) might do well to start with a book like Erik Kandel’s In Search of Memory, where the focus is on neuroscience and where we receive a detailed, historical examination of the evolving discoveries of individuals such as Kandel and his colleagues. You then have the technical background to read Schacter.
Two other points: Schacter is a collector of art which deals with memory and he includes a number of illustrations of such work. While the artwork is suggestive and interesting it is all reproduced in black and white and it is often very difficult to see the actual details which Schacter describes. Second, his book is now nearly twenty years old, and in a field that is progressing at breakneck speed the necessarily-tentative nature of many of the studies that he describes sometimes makes one long for the wetter, more foundational aspects of neuroscience than the drier. The book is very nicely written and consistently engaging.
I'm usually a bookworm, but honestly I found this book to be boring.
A friend of mine from the same class liked it though, so I guess it depends on your preference.
I would suggest reading the first few pages before buying just to see if you like the author's style of writing (which is what I had problems with).