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: * why n-human animals lack autobiographical memory * development of the speech areas in the brain * prenatal and transnatal development of memory * autobiographical memory in young children. 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 kwledge of the development and acquisition of memory and the conscious self.
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.
Hans J. Markowitsch, Harald Welzer
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Psychology: Textbooks & Study Guides
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Psychology Press Ltd
68 black & white illustrations, 13 black & white tables, 68 black & white line drawings