The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory

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Harvard University Press, 1987 - 160 pages
A welcome re-issue of an English translation of Alexander Luria's famous case-history of hypermnestic man. The study remains the classic paradigm of what Luria called 'romantic science,' a genre characterized by individual portraiture based on an assessment of operative psychological processes. The opening section analyses in some detail the subject's extraordinary capacity for recall and demonstrates the association between the persistence of iconic memory and a highly developed synaesthesia. The remainder of the book deals with the subject's construction of the world, his mental strengths and weaknesses, his control of behaviour and his personality. The result is a contribution to literature as well as to science. (Psychological Medicine ).
 

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Contents

His Memory
15
His World
75
His Mind
95
His Control of Behavior
137
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A. R. Luria was Professor of Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Jerome Bruner is University Professor at New York University.

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