Memory and the Human Lifespan : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Steve Joordens
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What if your memory suddenly vanished, so that you could no longer summon recollections of anything at all? What if you couldn't even remember yourself - not your name, your school, where you worked, or even the face of the total stranger staring back at you from the mirror?
If all of your memories were gone, would "self" even have a meaning? The truth is that while you may think of human memory as a capacity - a way to call up important facts or episodes from your past - it is much, much more, a collection of systems that provide the continuity of consciousness that allows the concept of "you" to make sense, creating the ongoing narrative that makes your life truly yours. This intriguing series of 24 lectures by an honored researcher and teacher explains not only how the various aspects of your memory operate, but the impact memory has on your daily experience of life.
By understanding how the brain organizes and encodes information, you can better harness its extraordinary powers to fine-tune how it works for you and use this information to help reshape your very experience of being alive.
The lectures explore topics like: the different kinds of systems that make memory possible; how those systems work together to build and access memories of specific events, solve problems, learn basic tasks like brushing your teeth, or acquire the skills to play a musical instrument; the kinds of memory deficits that result when various parts of the brain are damaged or deteriorate; how memory shapes not only your experience of the past but also of the present, as well as your expectations of the future; and how your memory systems develop throughout your life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Slow start but interesting

The first third of the lectures are a bit slow and repetitive in parts. However it soon picks up the pace and overall is very interesting and easy to listen to.
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- Mr. M. G. Helliwell


If you could sum up Memory and the Human Lifespan in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, absorbing, useful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Memory and the Human Lifespan?

Not applicable . . . it's a series of 30 minute lectures. All very interesting.

What does Professor Steve Joordens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think it is a great experience to listen to these lectures. Steve Joordans is likeable, natural and relaxed, never too serious. I enjoyed listening to him very much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not applicable!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed all of it and learned a lot about how memory works and also tips to look after your memory processes.

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- Metaltoe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses