The Nature of Early Memory

The Nature of Early Memory : An Adaptive Theory of the Genesis and Development of Memory

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In this useful text, Mark L. Howe presents the most complete book-length exegesis of the research and theory concerning the emergence and development of declarative, long-term memory from birth through early adolescence. The book also contains the first presentation of Howe's theory that memory is an adaptive mechanism that is used to guide the development and survival of the organism in an initially novel, yet changing environment. The book is divided into four parts: In the first part, Howe discusses why memory development is important; in the second, he discusses infantile amnesia and autobiographical memory; in the third part, Howe explores a series of key factors that have an impact on early memory development-distinctiveness, emotion, stress, and early memory; and finally, he gives a detailed presentation of the theory of memory as an adaptation, and applies results to real-world problems. In addition to reviewing the basic-science research on both humans and nonhuman animals, Howe devotes a significant portion of the book to clinical and forensic topics, including the roles of stress and trauma in memory development, the development of false recollection, memory for traumatic experiences, the effects of depression, PTSD, and dissociation on early memory development, and nonhuman animal research on the nature of infantile amnesia. In bringing together this diverse-yet-influential body of literature, Howe presents a valuable resource for anyone interested in research on more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195381416
  • 9780195381412
  • 2,022,744

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A pleasure to read... an absorbing and beautifully well-written book. The Nature of Early Memory is an outstanding review of what we now know about the emergence of memory, coupled to stimulating and deep theoretical thinking about memory development through evolutionary history, across species, and in the individual. It will become a standard text for all those interested in how our memories come into being. * The Psychologist * The Nature of Early Memory is a thought-provoking tour guide along the intricacies of Memory Lane... it is an ambitious and provocative volume. * American Psychological Association *show more

About Mark L. Howe

Mark L. Howe, PhD is Professor and Chair in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Research in Human Development at Lancaster Universityshow more

Table of contents

Part I: The Significance and Earliest Signs of Early Memory ; 1. On the Importance of Studying Early Memory ; 2. Studying Memory in Nonverbal Human Organisms ; 3. Neurobiological Development and the Beginnings of Early Memory ; Part II: Infantile Amnesia, Autobiographical Memory, and the Remembering Self ; 4. Infantile Amnesia in Human and Nonhuman Animals ; 5. The Onset and Early Development of Autobiographical Remembering ; 6. Consciousness and Early Memory Development ; Part III: The Role of Distinctiveness, Emotion, Stress, and Trauma in Memory Development ; 7. Distinctiveness and Emotion in Early Memory Development ; 8. Chronic Stress and Maltreatment in Early Memory Development ; 9. Children's False Memory Illusions ; Part IV: The Adaptive Nature of Memory and its Development ; 10. Evolutionary and Adaptive Significance of the Genesis and Early Development of Memory ; References ; Author Indexshow more

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