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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Autobiographical Memory in Modernist Literature and Neuroscience

Autobiographical Memory in Modernist Literature and Neuroscience

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The Memory Process

Suzanne Nalbantian

The MIT Press

This chapter presents the hypothesis that human memory can be understood as a dynamic process, often working with fixed elements that become transformed in the crucible of creative construction. It expounds on case studies wherein the memory experiences of healthy, human subjects as enacted dynamically in modern fiction have been classified according to distinct typologies. These case studies are distinctly applicable to established viewpoints in memory research, corroborating some and predating others. They also demonstrate a variety of human memory processes, instead of remaining confined to any single scientifically based theory. The descriptive interpretations presented in this chapter help to shed light on certain intricate interactions and selectivity in human memory processing.

Keywords:   human memory, dynamic process, creative construction, memory experiences, modern fiction, selectivity, memory processing

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