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Medicine - Psychiatry | The Art of Forgetting

The Art of Forgetting

Izquierdo, Iván

2015, XII, 68 p. 4 illus.

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  • A book especially devoted to forgetting, one of the most important features of memory
  • Forgetting is discussed in all of its possible presentations, including extinction, repression, habituation and falsification
  • Forgetting both as an inconvenient consequence of aging and as an important adaptive feature
  • A guide through the biology of forgetting for students and professionals on psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology
How do we forget? Why do we need to forget? This book intends to answer to these and other questions. It aims to demonstrate that each one is who it is due to their own memories. Thus, distinguish between the information we should keep from those we should forget is an difficult art. In this book, the author discusses about the different types of memory, the main types of forgetting (avoidance, extinction and repression), their brain areas and their mechanisms. In this sense, the art of forgetting, or the art of do not saturate our memory mechanisms, is something innate, that benefits us anonymously, keeping us from sinking amidst our own memories. The essays that compose this book go through several aspects, since individuals to societies' memory. By the end of the book, the reader will be able to understand that we forget to be able to think, to live and to survive.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Forgetting - Memory - Neurosciences

Related subjects » Medicine - Neuroscience - Population Studies - Psychiatry

Table of contents 

1 ​Introduction.- 2. The art of forgetting 2.1 The formation and retrieval of memories 2.2 Forms of forgetting; first steps of the art. Extinction, repression, discrimination 2.3 Conditioned reflexes 2.4 The rapid forgetting of working memory is intrinsic to its nature 2.5 Brain areas and systems involved in the different types of memory; some basic notions of neuronal function 2.6 Executive functions 2.7 More on the connections between nerve cells 2.8 The forgetting of short- and long-term memory 2.9 Memory and emotions 2.10 More on memory and emotions: endogenous state dependency 2.11 The use and disuse of synapses 2.12 Failure of memory persistence as a form of forgetting? 2.13 Reconsolidation 2.14 Practicing memory 2.15Reading, knowledge, physical exercise, social life, memory and illness 2.16 The art of forgetting: a second approach 2.17 Denial and memory falsification 2.18 Forgetting by large populations 2.19 Surviving through neuronal death 2.20 The famous case of patient H.M. 2.21 When forgetting is not an art: amnesic patients 2.22 Anterograde amnesia by an interference with consolidation 2.23 Neuronal branching and the suppression of branching, neurogenesis and neuronal death as adaptive phenomena 2.24 The acquisition of new memories 2.25 Repression 2.26 A therapeutic use of the art of forgetting 2.27 Accessory memory devices: an adjunct to the art of remembering and to the art of forgetting.- 3. Summing up 3.1 Final comments.

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