<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Mind of a Mnemonist (Luria (A.R.)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_515.htm">The Mind of a Mnemonist</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/L/Author_Luria (A.R.).htm">Luria (A.R.)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_515.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Inside Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Professor Luria is Russia's most eminent psychologist, and this early account of an investigation into the astounding and freakish memory of a man he calls '<U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_B515_1">S</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_B515_1"></A>' is a classic work with startling implications. By demonstrating the defects as well as the feats of such a memory, Luria raises vital and intriguing issues about the working of the human mind, the scope of imagination and the way in which man learns and grows. </li><li>'S' was a failure in most ways. He could never hold down jobs and he found it difficult to communicate and understand; although he could learn vast tables of figures and recall them accurately seventeen years later. The strange processes of memory he evolved, his inability to forget the pains of childhood, made the simplest prose or poetry an impossible frustration; yet he could memorize pages of verse in a language he didn't know. A childlike, almost magical use of his own imaginative powers enabled him to control his pulse and body temperature, but these same powers blurred the line which divides reality from fantasy. </li><li><em>The Mind of a Mnemonist</em> is an important and provocative book, which the distinguished American psychologist Jerome S. Bruner describes as 'an extraordinary tribute to Aleksandr Romanovich Luria. The richness of clinical insight, the acuity of the observations, and the fullness of the overall picture of this mnemonist are all extraordinary." </li><li>A. R. Luria (was) Professor of Psychology at Moscow University. A doctor of medicine, education and science, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the U.S.S.R., an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Education. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Introduction  3 </li><li>The Beginning of the Research  7 </li><li>His Memory  15 <BR>&rarr; THE INITIAL FACTS  16 <BR>&rarr; SYNESTHESIA  21 <BR>&rarr; WORDS AND IMAGES  29 <BR>&rarr; DIFFICULTIES  38 <BR>&rarr; EIDOTECHNIQUE  41 <BR>&rarr; THE ART OF FORGETTING  66 </li><li>His World  75 <BR>&rarr; PEOPLE AND THINGS  75 <BR>&rarr; WORDS  83 </li><li>His Mind - 95<BR>&rarr; HIS STRONG POINTS  96 <BR>&rarr; HIS WEAK POINTS  111 </li><li>His Control of Behavior  137 <BR>&rarr; THE OBJECTIVE DATA  137 <BR>&rarr; A FEW WORDS ABOUT MAGIC  144 </li><li>His Personality  149 </li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U> (<a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_515.htm">Luria (A.R.) - The Mind of a Mnemonist</A>")</B><a name="On-Page_Link_B515_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_B515_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Shereshevsky </li><li>Note that both he and Luria were Jewish; Luria mentions the former, but not the latter. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Jonathan Cape, London, 1969. 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