The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

About the Course:

A ground breaking work by one of the world’s foremost memory experts. In this intriguing study, Dr. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in every day life: absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Schacter illustrates these concepts with vivid examples – case studies, literary excerpts, and experimental evidence. This book gives a glimpse of the fascinating neurology of memory. Together, the stories and the scientific results provide a new look at our brains and at what we more generally think of as our minds.


Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D.

About the Author:

Daniel L. Schacter is the chairman of the Psychology Department of Harvard University. He is the author of many books on memory and neuropsychology. His book, Searching for Memory, received praise as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Library Journal Best Science and Technology Book of the Year, and which won the American Psychological Association’s William James Book Award.

Course Objectives:

  1. to understand the causes and consequences of memorie’s imperfections.

  2. to explain the seven fundemental categories of memory distortions.

  3. to explore recent breakthroughs in neuro science which help illuminate the basis of memory errors.

  4. to understand the adaptive properties of memory errors.

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