Explains how memory works and reveals the role of individual memory in literature and the performing arts, as well as collective memory in history and politics
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Grade 6 Up Drawing examples from numerous case studies, Meltzer explores the social history of a fascinating subject that has not yielded completely to scientific investigation. In an introductory chapter, he characterizes memory as a three-step process, consisting of the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of information. Meltzer points out the vital role that memory plays in our daily lives and discusses memory loss caused by injury, diseases, or other traumas. Other sections cover the art of memorization, comparison of the human brain to a computer, and the role of memory in history and art. A chapter that includes interviews with actors and musicians is particularly interesting. Final sections are devoted to the importance of remembering historical events and the attempts at memory control practiced by modern totalitarian governments. The text is written in a straightforward, non-technical style. The few scientific terms encountered are either understandable from context or defined in a glossary. Meltzer's fascination with memory as well as his deep interest in history are evident in this presentation of wide scope and appeal. Sue A. Norkeliunas, Arlington Senior High School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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Book Description Viking Kestrel, New York, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Discusses how memory works and examines what we rememberand why we forget. Bookseller Inventory # 4348
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0670808210