Basic bibliography on memory, as studied by neuropsychologists:

(courtesy of Markus Stachon, from Prof. Onur Güntürkün)

McGaugh, James L. 2000. "Memory - a Century of Consolidation." Science 287: 248-251.
            = an overview of 20th century studies on consolidation - i.e., how memories are saved and organized.

Tronson, Natalie C., and Taylor, Jane R. 2007. "Molecular mechanisms of memory reconsolidation." Nature Reviews Neuroscience 8: 262-275.
            = an overview of studies on reconsolidation - i.e., how memories, especially bad ones, can be modified in a labile period of reactivation.

Siegel, Daniel J. 2006. "Entwicklungspsychologische, interpersonelle und neurobiologische Dimensionen des Gedächtnisses. Ein Überblick." In: Welzer, H./ Markowitsch, H. J. (Hgg.). Warum Menschen sich erinnern können. Fortschritte in der interdisziplinären Gedächtnisforschung. Stuttgart, 19-49.
            = an overview of neuropsychological memory studies, written for interdisciplinary purpose and containing, among others, the theses presented by Prof. Güntürkün at the Bochum Memoria Romana Conference. These deal with mechanisms by which memory of an event changes every time we recall it.

Luria, Aleksandr R. 1968. The Mind of a Mnemonist. A little book about a vast Memory. Translated from the Russian by Lynn Solotaroff. Chicago, IL.
            = a basic study of synaesthetic mnemotechics, by which the mnemonist can remember any lengthy series of nonsense numbers, words or syllables once heard or seen over many years.

Parker, E. S., Cahill, L., and McGaugh, J. L. 2006. "A Case of Unusual Autobiographical Remembering." Neurocase 12: 35-49.
            = presentation of a case of a woman with hyperthymestic syndrome, meaning that she has been able to remember every single event, every single activity, every single circumstance of every single day of her life since she was fourteen.

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