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Individual and collective memory consolidation : analogous processes on different levels

Author: Thomas J Anastasio
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
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An argument that individuals and collectives form memories by analogous processes and a case study of collective retrograde amnesia. We form individual memories by a process known as consolidation: the conversion of immediate and fleeting bits of information into a stable and accessible representation of facts and events. These memories provide a version of the past that helps us navigate the present and is critical  Read more...
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Individual and collective memory consolidation.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011028995
(OCoLC)741937723
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Anastasio
ISBN: 9780262301664 0262301660
OCLC Number: 778447725
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 333 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Individual memory and forgetting --
Defining collective memory --
Three-in-one model of memory consolidation --
Buffering and attention --
Selection and relationality --
Generalization and specialization --
Influence of the consolidating entity --
Collective retrograde amnesia --
Persistence of consolidated collective memory --
Loss of unconsolidated collective memory --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Anastasio [and others].

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