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The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers is a book ( ISBN ) by Daniel Schacter, former chair of Harvard University’s. Adapted from Daniel Schacter, Ph.D.’s The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers (Houghton-Mifflin, ). In this fascinating study, Daniel L. Schacter explores instances of what we would consider memory failure—absent-mindedness, transience, blocking.

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Our current beliefs changed our past memories. Psychologists and neuroscientists, I don’t think you’ll find much new here, so I’d recommend just sticking with the sceintific literature directly.

I ended up only skimming some of the later chapters. A little redundant at times — intro and conclusion are terribly boring!

While Daniel contends there are 7 types of memory vices, he also shows how these can be virtues. I found the tip of the tongue phenomenon off particularly interesting because you can usually tell another person everything about the thing you’re trying to name except its name. How the Mind Forgets and Remembers Kindle ed.

Aug 16, YHC rated it liked it. His style may be a little dry for lay readers, but there are a decent number of anecdotes and real-world examples to add some interest to the book.

The seven sins are: Memory is a fascinating topic and component of our brains and conscious experience. While attending a science conference in Orlando, Florida inScott S.

The next three are problematic, especially in law and can be overcome by being more aware. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Sefen a problem in lineups. Research shows that we only store key elements and assemble the memory on the spot adding in elements and bias that weren’t there to begin with.


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Much more can be remembered of recent events than those further in one’s past. It’s not the best popular psychology I’ve ever read, but it was solid, and I’d recommend it to non-psycho This book was recommended to me by a professor.

I loved the book because there were so many “ahh”, “right”, “oh! Portions of the book are difficult to wade through, but many of the examples are interesting.

Drawing from vivid scientific research and creative literature, as well as high-profile events in which memory has figured significantly Bill Clinton’s grand jury testimony, for instanceThe Seven Sins of Memory provides a more nuanced understanding of how memory and the mind influence each other and shape our lives.

Re-read this ahead of a class I am teaching in Fall There is nary a chapter that the reader does not see him or her self and the struggles of their own daily existence.

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Daniel L. Schacter

scacter Some are obvious, such as absent mindedness and transience, while others are less obvious yet have stronger ramifications.

The other four sins misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence are sins of commission, meaning that there is a form ddaniel memory present, but it is not of the desired fidelity or the desired seveb, event, or ideas. Schacter explores instances of what we would consider memory failure—absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence—and suggests instead that these miscues are actually indications that memory is functioning as designed.


Apr 11, Michal Huniewicz rated it it was amazing. His opening chapter, for instance, acts as a thesis for the entire book, but written in the style of a 9th grader’s essay-“In this essay, I will be writing about We refer to this as one of the “tippingpointblinkfreakanomicsbrainisakludge” books — one of those books that makes you feel like your brain is filling up seve that gives you insight into how the mind works and — even better!

In the early part of the book, there are references to specific functions of the various lobes of the brain and how those lobes may affect the processes of memory.

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

Schacter asserts that “memory’s malfunctions can be divided into seven fundamental transgressions or ‘sins’. It felt like I was attending the author’s lecture and I was preparing for some sort of exam by the time I reach the last page. Men seem to remember the gist, while women the details. The book helped me understand that these memory “shortcomings” are mdmory processes by explaining why each of them occurs.

Dec 01, Diane rated it really liked it. Retrieved 2 July The book is good, but a lot of the neuroscience is explained in a way that is either oversimplified or now outdated.