Autobiographical memory constitutes an essential part of our personality, giving us the ability to distinguish ourselves as an individual with a past, present and future. This book reveals how the development of a conscious self, an integrated personality and an autobiographical memory are all intertwined, highlighting the parallel development of the brain, memory and personality.
Focusing strongly on developmental aspects of memory and integrating evolutionary and anthropological perspectives, areas of discussion include:
This book offers a unique approach through combining both neuroscientfic and social scientific viewpoints, and as such will be of great interest to all those wanting to broaden their knowledge of the development and acquisition of memory and the conscious self.
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Hans J. Markowitsch is Professor of Physiological Psychology and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University, Germany.
Harald Welzer is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research in Essen and Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He also teaches at the University of Hannover and at Emory University Atlanta.Review:
"The Development of Autobiographical Memory is at an appropriate level for reading in graduate seminars. The broad and interdisciplinary coverage would lend itself to discussion, and students can evaluate and debate whether the authors’ descriptions are fact or argument. The book is also appropriate for researchers in areas of brain, memory, language, cognition, and social development." – Marie T. Balaban in PsycCRITIQUES
"This brilliant new integrative account of human memory comprehensively traces the emergence of autobiographical memory in ontogeny via brain development and its essential social-cultural milieu of human communication and language. In the authors' view autobiographical memory is critical to cognition, identity, self, and community. Their formative ontogeny approach provides new findings and unique insights on human memory over the lifespan that will be of interest to experts and newcomers to the area alike." - Katherine Nelson, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emerita, City University of New York, USA
"This fascinating book performs an important purpose: it places classical theories of human autobiographical memory in the wider, and more realistic, context of evolution, development and enculturation, and treats the role of enculturation in more detail than any previous text. It should attract a wide audience of professionals in various disciplines concerned with the distinctively human aspects of memory, from neurobiology to the social sciences and humanities." - Merlin Donald, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada
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