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The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the “Jennifer Aniston Neuron”

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Neuroscientist Rodrigo Quiroga beguiles the reader with his fascinating accounts of how our very fallible memory machine attempts to function. In a series of nine short but absorbing chapters, much of the mystery of how the memory works is plainly described and illustrated. The writing is aimed toward the general audience with the intent to interest the lay reader in the dynamic, ongoing research of neurobiology. Traversing views of how the mind and memory function from ancient to contemporary times, Plato, Aristotle, Simonides, and Locke among others put in an appearance. More recent work by Luria, Ebbinghaus, Bartlett, and Loftus are a few that delve into the nature and unpredictability of memory. How memory is stored, retained, and enhanced, along with details of the different types of memory, serve as a background guide for the reader. The “Jennifer Aniston Neuron” that is part of the title refers the name of a new neuron found in the hippocampus that is capable of reacting to a concept. This area still requires clarification. While science fiction appears to transcend into modern reality, the final chapter deals with the distinction between androids and humans. It must be remembered that we are nothing but our memories.

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Author:
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
170 pages
Publisher:
BenBella Books
Publish Date:
2017-Oct-03
ISBN:
9781944648541
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Issue:
January 2018
Category:
Science & Nature
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Publication Date

2017-Oct-03

Format

Trade

Publisher

BenBella Books

Issue

January 2018

Page Count

170 pages

ASIN

1944648542

ISBN

9781944648541

Star Count

5

Book Author

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

“The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the “Jennifer Aniston Neuron””

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