The Memory Process

Neuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives

The Memory Process offers a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of human memory, with contributions from both neuroscientists and humanists. The first book to link the neuroscientific study of memory to the investigation of memory in the humanities, it connects the latest findings in memory research with insights from philosophy, literature, theater, art, music, and film.

Chapters from the scientific perspective discuss both fundamental concepts and ongoing debates from genetic and epigenetic approaches, functional neuroimaging, connectionist modeling, dream analysis, and neurocognitive studies. The humanist analyses offer insights about memory from outside the laboratory: a taxonomy of memory gleaned from modernist authors including Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and William Faulkner; the organization of memory, seen in drama ranging from Hamlet to The Glass Menagerie; procedural memory and emotional memory in responses to visual art; music’s dependence on the listener’s recall; and the vivid renderings of memory and forgetting in such films as Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The chapters from the philosophical perspective serve as the bridge between science and the arts. The volume’s sweeping introduction offers an integrative merging of neuroscientific and humanistic findings.

Contributors: John Bickle, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Valérie Doyère, Yadin Dudai, Atillio Favorini, John Burt Foster, David Freedberg, Walter Glannon, Robert Stickgold, David Hertz, William Hirstein, Joseph LeDoux, Paul Matthews, James L. McClelland, Suzanne Nalbantian, Isabelle Peretz, Alan Richardson, Edmund Rolls, Séverine Samson, Alcino Silva, Barbara Tillmann, Fernando Vidal

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction

    Suzanne Nalbantian

  3. I. Scientific Foundations
  4. 1. The Engram Revisited: On the Elusive Permanence of Memory

    Yadin Dudai

  5. 2. Molecular Genetic Approaches to Memory Consolidation

    Alcino J. Silva

  6. 3. The Epigenetic Variability of Memory: Brain Plasticity and Artistic Creation

    Jean-Pierre Changeux

  7. 4. Memory in Sleep and Dreams: The Construction of Meaning

    Robert Stickgold

  8. II. Scientific Phenomena and Functioning
  9. 5. The Mnemonic Brain: Neuroimaging, Neuropharmacology, and Disorders of Memory

    Paul M. Matthews

  10. 6. Memory as a Constructive Process: The Parallel Distributed Processing Approach

    James L. McClelland

  11. 7. Emotional Memory Processing: Synaptic Connectivity

    Joseph E. LeDoux and Valerie Doyere

  12. 8. Functions of Human Emotional Memory: The Brain and Emotion

    Edmund T. Rolls

  13. III. Crossroads to the Humanities
  14. 9. Memory and Neurophilosophy

    John Bickle

  15. 10. Confabulations about Personal Memories, Normal and Abnormal

    William Hirstein

  16. 11. The Neuroethics of Memory

    Walter Glannon

  17. IV. Literary Data for Memory Studies
  18. 12. Autobiographical Memory in Modernist Literature and Neuroscience

    Suzanne Nalbantian

  19. 13. Memory and Imagination in Romantic Fiction

    Alan Richardson

  20. 14. Memory in the Literary Memoir

    John Burt Foster, Jr.

  21. 15. Memory in Theater: The Scene Is Memory

    Attilio Favorini

  22. V. Manifestations in the Arts
  23. 16. Memory in Art: History and the Neuroscience of Response

    David Freedberg

  24. 17. Memory in Musical Form: From Bach to Ives

    David Michael Hertz

  25. 18. Neurocognitive Approaches to Memory in Music: Music Is Memory

    Barbara Tillmann, Isabelle Peretz, and Severine Samson

  26. 19. Memory, Movies, and the Brain

    Fernando Vidal

  27. About the Authors
  28. Index
  29. Color Plates