Memory Observed: Remembering in Natural Contexts
Neisser (Ulric)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. Selections and Commentary by Ulric Neisser, Cornell University Ulric Neisser looks at memory as it serves us in natural contexts — at the kinds of memory psychologists often ignore:
    • Childhood recollections
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Descriptions of the special memory feats of African historians, oral poets, Talmudic scholars
    • Memories of famous individuals, including Goethe, Toscanini, and John Dean
  2. Memory Observed contains 44 selections, each lending support to Dr. Neisser s view that progress in understanding human memory will require a new emphasis on observations made in the everyday world rather than in the psychological laboratory.
  3. This volume makes a significant contribution to the literature on human memory, bringing together classic essays, new translations of important papers by Freud and Stern, and many previously unpublished studies.
  4. As a supplementary text, Memory Observed is suitable for courses in human memory, learning, and cognition.

Contents
  1. The Argument – 1
    1. Memory: What Are the Important Questions? 3
      → Ulric Neisser
  2. Remembering – 21
    1. Flashbulb Memories – 23
      → Roger Brown and James Kulik
    2. The Day They Heard About Lincoln – 41
      → F. W. Colegrove
    3. Snapshots or Benchmarks? 43
      → Ulric Neisser
    4. A Collection of Moments – 49
      Esther Salaman
    5. An Early Memory from Goethe’s Autobiography – 64
      → Sigmund Freud
    6. Childhood Memories – 73
      → Samuel Waldvogel
    7. Transformations of Memory in Everyday Life – 77
      → Marigold Linton
  3. Testifying – 93
    1. Realistic Experiments – 95
      → William Stern
    2. Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction – 109
      → Elizabeth F. Loftus and John C. Palmer
    3. Eyewitness Testimony – 116
      Robert Buckhout
    4. Photographs and Personal Identification: A Legal View – 126
      → United States Supreme Court
    5. Memory for Faces and the Circumstances of Encounter – 130
      → Evan Brown, Kenneth Deffenbacher, and William Sturgill
    6. John Dean’s Memory: A Case Study – 139
      → Ulric Neisser
  4. Forgetting – 161
    1. Long-Term Memory for a Common Object – 163
      → Raymond S. Nickerson and Marilyn Jager Adams
    2. Professor Sanford’s Morning Prayer – 176
      → Edmund Clarke Sanford
    3. Recalling Previously Held Attitudes – 178
      → George R. Goethals and Richard F. Reckman
    4. On Memory and Childhood Amnesia – 189
      → Ernest G. Schachtel
    5. Memory for a Salient Childhood Event – 201
      → Karen Sheingold and Yvette J. Tenney
    6. Parental Recall of Child-Rearing Practices – 213
      → Lillian Cukier Robbins
    7. An Improved Questionnaire Technique – 221
      → Larry R. Squire and Pamela C. Slater
    8. A Serial Position Effect in Recall of United States Presidents – 230
      → Henry L. Roediger III and Robert G. Crowder
  5. Performing – 239
    1. Literacy and Memory – 241
      → Ulric Neisser
    2. Oral Poetry in Yugoslavia – 243
      → Albert B. Lord
    3. Tribal History in Liberia – 258
      → Warren L. D Azevedo
    4. Totemic Knowledge in New Guinea – 269
      → Gregory Bateson
    5. Literacy, Cultural Familiarity, and “Intelligence” as Determinants of Story Recall – 274
      → Ernest Frederick Dube
    6. A Sherlockian Experiment – 293
      → Ulric Neisser and John A. Hupcey
    7. Very Long-Term Memory for Prose and Verse – 299
      → David C. Rubin
    8. The Mnemonic Feat of the “Shass Pollak” – 311
      → George M. Stratton
    9. Pragmatics in Memory: A Study of Natural Conversation – 315
      → Janice M. Keenan, Brian MacWhinney, and Deborah Mayhew
  6. Getting Things Done – 325
    1. Remembering to Perform Future Actions – 327
      → John A. Meacham and Burt Leiman
    2. External Memory Aids – 337
      → John E. Harris
    3. Prospective Remembering in Children – 343
      → Mary Anne Kreutzer, Sister Catherine Leonard, and John H. Flavell
    4. The Development of Voluntary Memory in Children of Preschool Age – 349
      → Z. M. Istomina
    5. Ecological Niche Picking – 366
      → Michael Cole, Lois Hood, and Ray McDermott
  7. Special People – 375
    1. Memorists – 377
      → Ulric Neisser
    2. The Mind of a Mnemonist – 382
      → A. R. Luria
    3. The Second Mnemonist – 390
      → Earl Hunt and Tom Love
    4. An Adult Eidetiker – 399
      → Charles F. Stromeyer III
    5. An Uncommon Case of Visual Memory – 405
      → Kent Gummerman and Cynthia R. Gray
    6. The Talents of the Reverend Doctor Phelps – 412
      → William Lyon Phelps
    7. Toscanini’s Memory – 414
      → George R. Marek
    8. An Exceptional Memory – 418
      → Ian M. L. Hunter
  8. Name Index – 425
    Subject Index – 429

BOOK COMMENT:

W. H. Freeman & Co, San Francisco, 1982, paperback



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