Two Views of Creativity and Moral Vision in Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1997, Vol 42(7), 581–582. Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-Out Rhymes (see record 1995-97902-000) is an intensive study of oral memory traditions by a cognitive psychologist. This work is actually three books under one cover. First, for psychologists, it is a review of the literature from the humanities on the history and structure of oral traditions. Second, for humanists, it is a review of the literature from cognitive psychology on memory and text representation. Third, it is a research monograph reporting a series of studies on memory for oral texts. Psychologists teaching an undergraduate course on memory will find that the literature on oral traditions in this book can provide much interesting lecture material. One hopes that the success of this interdisciplinary and ecological study will mean that the next generation of experimental psychologists will feel freer to adopt this approach to the study of human memory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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