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Memory, Aging and the Brain
A Festschrift in Honour of Lars-Göran Nilsson

ISBN 9780415650083
Published October 19, 2012 by Psychology Press
368 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together some of the best known experts in their fields to offer a cross-disciplinary summary of current research on human memory. More than this however, the book pays tribute to the work of Lars-Göran Nilsson and his many contributions to the psychology of human memory.

The book is divided into three subsections: General Issues in Human Memory, Memory and Aging, and Memory and the Brain. These sections represent the three cornerstones in Lars-Göran's scientific career and comprise contributions from senior collaborators, colleagues and former students.

Areas of discussion include:

  • long-term and working memory: how do they interact?
  • an epidemiological approach to cognitive health in aging
  • the cognitive neuroscience of signed language

Covering a broad range of topics, Memory, Aging and the Brain will be of great interest to all those involved in the study and research of human memory.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction. Bäckman, Nyberg, Introduction. Part 2. Memory. Baddeley, Long-term and Working Memory: How Do They Interact? Roediger III, Zaromb, Memory for Actions: How Different? Magnussen, Greenlee, Baumann, Endestad, Visual Perceptual Memory. Mäntylä, Remembering In Time: Cognitive Control of Time Keeping. Tulving, How Do Brains Detect Novelty? Part 3. Aging. Craik, Bialystok, Bilingualism and Aging: Costs and Benefits. Herlitz, Lovén, Thilers, Rehnman, Sex Differences in Episodic Memory: The Where but Not the Why. Dixon, An Epidemiological Approach to Cognitive Health in Aging. Lövdén, Decline-Induced Plastic Changes of Brain and Behavior in Aging. Bäckman, Nyberg, Dopamine, Cognition, and Human Aging: New Evidence and Ideas. Part 4. The Brain. Öhman, Post-Traumatic Fear Memories: Analyzing a Case-Study of a Sexual Assault. Brand, Markowitsch, Environmental Influences on Autobiographical Memory: The Mnestic Block Syndrome. Rönnberg, Rudner, Foo, The Cognitive Neuroscience of Signed Language: Applications to a Working Memory System for Sign and Speech. Näätänen, Kreegipuu, The Mismatch Negativity (MMN) as an Index of Different Forms of Memory in Audition. Lind, Nyberg, Imaging Genomics: Brain Alterations Associated with the APOE Genotype. 


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Lars Bäckman is Professor at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences. His primary research area is cognition in normal and pathological aging, with special focus on memory. He was recently a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award.

Lars Nyberg is Professor of Neuroscience at Umeå University, Sweden, as well as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His main area of research is cognitive neuroscience, with special focus on memory functions and he received the Gustafsson prize in medicine in 2007 for his studies on brain functions.


"Memory, Aging and the Brain presents well-documented research that is a valuable contribution to science. The publication will be of greatest interest to those involved in the research of human memory." - Christen Smith, Gallaudet University, USA, in Activities, Adaptation & Aging

"This text has assembled some of the most accomplished scientists in the neurosciences and the result is a thorough, well written, authoritative text on memory in the aging brain. The chapters are a pleasure to read and will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable contribution to science." - Robert J. Spencer, Psychology Service, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System & Linas A. Bieliauskas, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan