Neuropsychology of Memory

Neuropsychology of Memory

Neuropsychology of Memory

Neuropsychology of Memory

Synopsis

This important reference and text brings together leading neuroscientists to describe approaches to the study of memory. Among major approaches covered are lesions; electrophysiology; single-unit recording; pharmacology; and molecular genetics. Chapters are organized into three sections, presenting state-of-the-art studies of memory in humans, nonhuman primates, and rodents and birds. Each chapter explicates the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the authors' research program, reviews the latest empirical findings, and identifies salient directions for future investigation. Included are more than 50 illustrations.

New to This Edition:

• Extensively rewritten to reflect a decade's worth of major advances in the field.

• Reflects the emergence of neuroimaging as one of the most active areas of research.

 

Excerpt

Neuropsychology of Memory was published originally in 1984, with a second edition in 1992. The inspiration for these books came from the late Nelson Butters, who in the early 1980s invited Larry Squire to join him in this venture. The volumes have been popular, and have frequently been used as teaching texts. Nelson, we think, would have liked the idea of carrying this project forward, as he was quite proud of the first two editions. His friend and colleague Daniel Schacter has joined the venture, and the third edition was planned in the same spirit as the first two. Thus, we have again invited scientists to describe in brief chapters their current approaches to the study of memory and to summarize what they have learned. We have tried to include a broad spectrum of contemporary work on the neuropsychology of memory, as there have been enormous changes in the shape of the discipline since the appearance of the second edition. In this edition, for example, many chapters report findings using neuroimaging techniques (positron emission tomography [PET] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]). In 1992, PET was just being applied to the study of memory for the first time, and fMRI was not yet available. Furthermore, in this edition one can find studies of memory with genetically modified mice, using techniques that first became available in the 1990s. We have organized the volume into three parts: “Studies of Normal and Abnormal Memory in Humans,” “Studies of Memory in Nonhuman Primates,” and “Studies of Memory in Rodents and Birds.” Each part is prefaced by an introductory comment, and the chapters within each section have been ordered to provide additional structure. We hope that readers find the result both useful and interesting, and that comparisons to the first two editions will provide an indication of how the discipline has progressed.

LARRY R. SQUIRE

DANIEL L. SCHACTER

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