Originally published in 1979, the chapters in this volume summarize the available knowledge pertaining to a variety of functional – as opposed to explicitly organic – amnesias and disruptions of memory. Each chapter is written by an expert, and each author has attempted to integrate his area of inquiry into the contemporary body of theory and research on memory and cognition. Functional memory disorders may prove to be a significant testing ground for current theorizing, and the study of these phenomena may provide insights into memory and cognition that might be obscured in the usual sorts of laboratory investigations. The intent of the volume is to contribute to the development of a more comprehensive account of the processes involved in remembering and forgetting. The reader will find bold new treatments of repression and childhood amnesia, systematic explorations of certain experimental amnesias, and challenging analyses of the anomalies of everyday memory, in this ground-breaking work of the time.
Ernest R. Hilgard Foreword. Preface. Part 1: Disordered and Anomalous Memory in Everyday Life 1. Graham Reed Everyday Anomolies of Recall and Recognition 2. Sheldon H. White and David B. Pillemer Childhood Amnesia and the Development of a Socially Accessible Memory System 3. Norman E. Spear Experimental Analysis of Infantile Amnesia 4. David Schonfield and M.J. Stones Remembering and Aging Part 2: Disrupted Memory in Special States of Consciousness 5. Ralph R. Miller and Nancy A. Marlin Amnesia Following Electroconvulsive Shock 6. John F. Kihlstrom and Frederick J. Evans Memory Retrieval Process During Posthypnotic Amnesia 7. Nilly Adam Disruption of Memory Functions Associated with General Anesthetics 8. David B. Cohen Remembering and Forgetting Dreaming 9. James M. Swanson and Marcel Kinsbourne State-Dependent Learning and Retrieval: Methodological Cautions and Theoretical Considerations Part 3: Psychodynamic Factors in Memory 10. John C. Nemiah Dissociative Amnesia: A Clinical and Theoretical Reconsideration 11. Lester Luborsky, Harold Sackeim and Paul Christoph The State Conducive to Momentary Forgetting 12 Matthew Hugh Erdelyi and Benjamin Goldberg Let’s Not Sweep Regression Under the Rug: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Repression. Author Index. Subject Index.