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THE SEVEN SINS OF MEMORY
How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

Daniel L. Schacter
Houghton Mifflin, 2001

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
• Describe seven major memory malfunctions, which the author labels 'sins'
• Describe the underlying structural, chemical, and neurophysiological bases for them
• Describe the ways in which memory is defective in all individuals and the ease with which it is manipulated
• Distinguish between 'normal' and 'abnormal' forgetting
• Describe how memories become degraded over time
• Assess malfunctions such as absent-mindedness, blocks of memories, misattribution of events, and suggestibility of memories
• Describe different types of biases in remembering
• Describe why there is the persistence of some (usually unwanted) memories

Daniel S. Schacter is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and chairman of the department. He is an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of remembering and theories of memory. He is the editor of THE COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF FALSE MEMORIES and the author of MEMORY DISTORTION: HOW BRAINS, MINDS AND SOCIETIES RECONSTRUCT THE PAST and of the recent much-acclaimed SEARCHING FOR MEMORY, which won the APA's William James Award.

A groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost memory experts, THE SEVEN SINS OF MEMORY offers the first framework that explains common memory vices -- and their surprising virtues. In this intriguing study, Daniel L. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in everyday life: absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Schacter illustrates these concepts with vivid examples -- case studies, literary excerpts, experimental evidence, and accounts of highly visible news events such as the O.J. Simpson verdict, Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony, and the search for the Oklahoma City bomber. He also delves into striking new scientific research, giving us a glimpse of the fascinating neurology of memory. Together, the stories and the scientific results provide a new look at our brains and at what we more generally think of as our minds. Winner of the William James Book Award

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