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The Resource Memory and movies : what films can teach us about memory, John Seamon

Memory and movies : what films can teach us about memory, John Seamon

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Memory and movies : what films can teach us about memory
Title
Memory and movies
Title remainder
what films can teach us about memory
Statement of responsibility
John Seamon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the childhood memories of a young game show contestant trigger his correct answers. In Memento, the amnesiac hero uses tattoos as memory aids. In Away from Her, an older woman suffering from dementia no longer remembers who her husband is. These are compelling films that tell affecting stories about the human condition. But what can these movies teach us about memory? In this book, John Seamon shows how examining the treatment of memory in popular movies can shed new light on how human memory works. After explaining that memory is actually a diverse collection of independent systems, Seamon uses examples from movies to offer an accessible, nontechnical description of what science knows about memory function and dysfunction. In a series of lively encounters with numerous popular films, he draws on Life of Pi and Avatar, for example, to explain working memory, used for short-term retention. He describes the process of long-term memory with examples from such films as Cast Away and Groundhog Day; The Return of Martin Guerre, among other movies, informs his account of how we recognize people; the effect of emotion on autobiographical memory is illustrated by The Kite Runner, Titanic, and other films; movies including Born on the Fourth of July and Rachel Getting Married illustrate the complex pain of traumatic memories. Seamon shows us that movies rarely get amnesia right, often using strategically timed blows to the protagonist’s head as a way to turn memory off and then on again (as in Desperately Seeking Susan). Finally, he uses movies including On Golden Pond and Amour to describe the memory loss that often accompanies aging, while highlighting effective ways to maintain memory function. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seamon, John G.
Dewey number
153.1/2
Index
index present
LC call number
BF385
LC item number
.S36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Memory
  • Cognition
  • Motion pictures
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Motion pictures
Label
Memory and movies : what films can teach us about memory, John Seamon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Memory processes and memory films -- Movies and the mind's workbench -- Making memories that last -- Recognizing the people we know -- Autobiographical memories and life stories -- When troubling memories persist -- Understanding the reality of amnesia -- Senior moments, forgetfulness, and dementia
Control code
ocn906294922
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 291 pages
Isbn
9780262029711
Lccn
2015009377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780262029711
  • (OCoLC)906294922
Label
Memory and movies : what films can teach us about memory, John Seamon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Memory processes and memory films -- Movies and the mind's workbench -- Making memories that last -- Recognizing the people we know -- Autobiographical memories and life stories -- When troubling memories persist -- Understanding the reality of amnesia -- Senior moments, forgetfulness, and dementia
Control code
ocn906294922
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 291 pages
Isbn
9780262029711
Lccn
2015009377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780262029711
  • (OCoLC)906294922

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