Autobiographical memory is a major form of human memory. it is the basis of most psycotherapies, an important repository of legal, historical, and literary information, and, in some views, the source of the concept of self. When it fails, it is the focus of serious complaints in many neurological disorders. This timely book brings together and integrates the best contemporary work on the cognitive psychology of autobiographical memory. Introductory chapters place the study of autobiographical memory in its historical, methodological, and theoretical contexts; chapters reporting original research probe the recollections people have for substantial portions of their lives. Topics include the schematic and temporal organization of autobiographical memory, the temporal distribution of autobiographical memories, and the failures of autobiographical memory in various forms of amnesia. Autobiographical Memory constitutes the first tutorial in this exciting new area of research. Cognitive psychologists, clinicians, researchers in artificial intelligence, and their students - indeed, anyone interested in the processes that preserve and distort autobiography - will find it a useful resource.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Part I. Overview: 1. Introduction David C. Rubin
Part II. Historical, Theoretical, and
Methodological Contexts for the Study of
Autobiographical Memory: 2. Autobiographical
memory: a historical prologue John A. Robinson
3. What is autobiographical memory? William F.
4. Ways of searching and the contents of memory
Part III. The General Organization of
Autobiographical Memory: 5. Nested structure in
autobiographical memory Ulric Neisser
6. Schematization of autobiographical memory
Craig R. Barclay
7. Strategic memory search processes Brian J.
Reiser, John B. Black and Peter Kalamarides
8. Autobiographical memory: a developmental
perspective Joseph M. Fitzgerald
Part IV. The Temporal Organization of
Autobiographical Memory: 9. Public memories and
their personal context Norman R. Brown, Steven
K. Shevell and Lance J. Rips
10. Temporal references systems and
autobiographical memory John A. Robinson
Part V. Temporal Distributions of
Autobiographical Memories: 11. Childhood
amnesia: an empirical demonstration Scott E.
Wetzler and John A. Sweeney
12. Autobiographical memory across the lifespan
David C. Rubin, Scott E. Wetzler and Robert D.
Part VI. Failures of Autobiographical Memory:
13. Amnesia, autobiographical memory, and
confabulation Alan Baddeley and Barbara Wilson
14. A case study of the forgetting of
autobiographical knowledge: implications for
the study of retrograde amnesia Nelson Butters
and Laird S. Cermak
15. Loss and recovery of autobiographical
memory after head injury Herbert F. Crovitz