How Do We Really Remember?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1325. Reviews the book, Cortical Memory Functions by C. M. Fair (see record 1992-98142-000). In recent years, rigorous investigations of human subjects with focal cerebral lesions have identified different mnemonic capacities subserved by different neural circuits, thus demonstrating that “memory” is not a single entity. This book is an excellent example of the strong multidisciplinary trend in the field. It brings together an extensive amount of evidence from multiple disciplines in neuroscience (e.g., neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology) to present an argument in support of the author's own view of how different types of memories might be encoded or retrieved and how short- and long-term memories interact. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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