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Publisher's Summary

Memories are an integral part of being human. They haunt us, we cherish them, and in our lives we collect more of them with each new experience. Without memory, you would not be able to maintain a relationship, drive your car, talk to your children, read a poem, watch television, or do much of anything at all. Memory: A Very Short Introduction explores the fascinating intricacies of human memory. Is it one thing or many? Why does it seem to work well sometimes and not others? What happens when it "goes wrong"? Can it be improved or manipulated through techniques such as mnemonic rhymes or "brain implants"? How does memory change as we age? And what about so-called recovered memories--can they be relied upon as a record of what actually happened in our personal past? This book brings together our most recent knowledge to address (in a scientifically rigorous but highly accessible way) these and many other important questions about how memory works, and why we can't live without it.

©2009 Jonathan K. Foster (P)2010 Audible, Inc

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It is likely this book will change the way you understand the phenomenon of memory and our approaches to understanding it. Rather than straightforwardly positing a theory of memory, the book explores ideas surrounding our understanding of memory and raises questions about how to study it. That is probably the best approach, given this is "A Very Short Introduction." I got a lot out of this book, though I'm not sure I really understand memory much better.

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rambling, too simplistic

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a better organized presentation--more about neuroscience and less philosophy/acecdotes

What could Jonathan K. Foster have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

a better organized presentation--more about neuroscience and less philosophy/acecdotes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisabeth Rodgers?

don't know

What character would you cut from Memory?

n/a

Any additional comments?

better if you have never taken much psych coursework