Autobiographical Memory by David C. Rubin (editor)

By David C. Rubin (editor)

Rubin brings jointly and integrates the easiest modern paintings at the cognitive psychology of thoughts of the self. Autobiographical reminiscence is the root for many psychotherapies, an enormous repository of criminal, ancient, and literary details, and, in a few perspectives, the resource of the concept that of self. whilst it fails, it's the concentration of significant proceedings in lots of neurological problems. Introductory chapters position the learn of autobiographical reminiscence in its historic, methodological, and theoretical contexts. Later chapters document unique examine about the reminiscences humans have of substanial parts in their lives. subject matters contain the schematic and temporal association of autobiographical reminiscence, the temporal distribution of autobiographical stories, and screw ups of autobiographical reminiscence in a number of varieties of amnesia.

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The selfschema must be one of the richer knowledge structures in an individual's long-term memory; hence, once it has developed, it probably changes only slowly, thus providing consistency to the self over time. Self. , personal memories, generic personal memories, and autobiographical facts). Individual. The individual is the larger entity that includes the self, the depersonalized (nonself) aspects of the mind, and the body. , can recite Lincoln's Gettysburg Address). My point in sketching out a position on the nature and organization of the self is simple.

In particular, I think we can define autobiographical memory as memory for information related to the self. In order to "cash in" this definition of autobiographical memory, however, one has to be able to give a coherent account of the self. The construct of the self has not been a topic of interest in modern cognitive psychology, yet it has a long history in psychology (cf. the chapter on the self in James, 1890), and What is autobiographical memory? 27 it has recently been revived as a topic of interest in the area of social cognition (Greenwald, 1981; Markus, 1980).

4. Semantic memory. I might recall (with no accompanying imagery) that in California in 1978 the voters passed a limitation on property tax called Proposition 13. 5. Generic perceptual memory. I might have a visual image of the outline of the shape of the state of California. In the next several sections of this chapter I will attempt to provide a structure that brings some order to this diverse set of memory phenomena. I will argue that thefirstthree responses are forms of autobiographical memory and the last two are not, and I will organize these forms of memory in terms of their acquisition conditions (single instance vs.

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