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MEMORY AND MOVIES: WHAT FILMS CAN TEACH US ABOUT MEMORY. John Seamon. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. 296 pp. 20 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780262029711 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the childhood memories of a young game show contestant trigger his correct answers. InMemento, the amnesiac hero uses tattoos as memory aids. InAway from Her, an older woman suffering from dementia no longer remembers who her husband is. These are compelling films that tell affecting stories about the human condition. But what can these movies teach us about memory? In this book, John Seamon shows how examining the treatment of memory in popular movies can shed new light on how human memory works. After explaining that memory is actually a diverse collection of independent systems, Seamon uses examples from movies to offer an accessible, nontechnical description of what science knows about memory function and dysfunction. In a series of lively encounters with numerous popular films, he draws on Life of Pi and Avatar, for example, to explain working memory, used for short-term retention.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168111
Hardcover $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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