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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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The Mnemonic Brain

The Mnemonic Brain

Neuroimaging, Neuropharmacology, and Disorders of Memory

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The Memory Process

Paul M. Matthews

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the use of neuropathology and neuroimaging in memory studies and how research applying these tools led efforts to relate a psychological view of memory to an understanding of the brain and the way it works. It also considers how imaging of memory-related phenomena at a systems level can be related to underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. Integration across these levels provides the basis for current efforts to develop treatments that may limit or even reverse disorders of memory. The complexity of the challenge and even the definition of what we consider a disorder of memory are illustrated by the concluding clinical vignettes. These highlight the need for consilience in memory studies if we are powerfully and humanely to translate our understanding of memory into strategies for improving health and well-being.

Keywords:   neuropathology, neuroimaging, memory studies, psychological view of memory, memory-related phenomena, disorders of memory

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