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Contextualizing Human Memory

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding how individuals and groups remember the past, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles Stone, Lucas Bietti


240 pages

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This edited collection provides an inter- and intra-disciplinary discussion of the critical role context plays in how and when individuals and groups remember the past. International contributors integrate key research from a range of disciplines, including social and cognitive psychology, discursive psychology, philosophy/philosophical psychology and cognitive linguistics, to increase awareness of the central role that cultural, social and technological contexts play in determining individual and collective recollections at multiple, yet interconnected, levels of human experience.

Divided into three parts, cognitive and psychological perspectives, social and cultural perspectives, and cognitive linguistics and philosophical perspectives, Stone and Bietti present a breadth of research on memory in context. Topics covered include:

    • the construction of self-identity in memory
    • flashbulb memories
    • scaffolding memory
    • the cultural psychology of remembering
    • social aspects of memory
    • the mnemonic consequences of silence
    • emotion and memory
    • eyewitness identification
    • multimodal communication and collective remembering.

Contextualizing Human Memory allows researchers to understand the variety of work undertaken in related fields, and to appreciate the importance of context in understanding when, how and what is remembered at any given recollection. The book will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of cognitive and social psychology, as well as those in related disciplines interested in learning more about the advancing field of memory studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Charles B. Stone and Lucas M. Bietti Part 1: Cognitive and Psychological Perspectives Contextualizing Traumatic Memories: The role of self-identity in the construction of autobiographical memory in posttraumatic stress disorder Adam D. Brown, Nicole A. Kouri and Julia Superka. Contextualizing Silence: A psychological approach to understanding the mnemonic consequences of selective silence in social interactions Charles B. Stone. Emotional Context, Rehearsal and Memories: The mutual contributions and possible integration of flashbulb memory and eyewitness identification research Rafaele Dumas and Olivier Luminet Part 2: Social and Cultural Perspectives Context in the Cultural Psychology of Remembering: Illustrated with a case study of conflict in national memory Ignacio Brescó and Brady Wagoner. Concepts of Social Context in Memory: Social scientific approaches Christian Gudehus. Shared Beliefs about World History and Cultural Context: A theoretical review and a collective-level analysis Darío Páez, Magdalena Bobowik, James H. Liu and Nekane Basabe. Part 3: Cognitive Linguistics and Philosophical Perspectives Contextualizing Embodied Remembering: Autobiographical narratives and multimodal communication Lucas M. Bietti. Scaffolded Joint Action as a Micro-foundation of Organizational Learning Brian R. Gordon & Georg Theiner. Scaffolding Memory: Themes, taxonomies, puzzles John Sutton. The (Social) Context of Memory William Hirst.

About the Editors

Charles B. Stone is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, USA.

Lucas M. Bietti is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Economics, Management and Social Sciences at Telecom ParisTech, France.

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Explorations in Cognitive Psychology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology