The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers is a book ( ISBN ) by Daniel Schacter, former chair of Harvard University’s. Adapted from Daniel Schacter, Ph.D.’s The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers (Houghton-Mifflin, ). In this fascinating study, Daniel L. Schacter explores instances of what we would consider memory failure—absent-mindedness, transience, blocking.

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There are two types of interference: In the final chapter, the problems are discussed as a group, and the author oc the opinion that these problems are a small price to pay for a memory capability that performs extraordinarily well.

Overall, this was a very interesting read – 3. Schacter publishes regularly in scientific journals. Talking about something also helps.

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

An interesting – if a bit academic, at times – read that was written by Harvard Psychology Department Chair. Worth reading This book contains a great deal of information about human memory and how it does and does not work. I think the psychological and b Entertainment value 3 out of 5: You do not get lost in science; on the contrary, you fully understand how danel memory works.


Schacter should have left it at the neat 7 sin story.

Blocking is what happens when you have something “on the tip of your tongue. Aug 16, YHC rated it liked it. Dec 09, Zalina rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book helped me understand that these memory “shortcomings” are natural processes by explaining why each of them occurs. This can pertain to specific incidences and the general conception one has of a certain meory in one’s life.

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I think the psychological and brain sections of the book were too technical for me. How the Mind Forgets and Remembers Kindle ed. The book is good, but a lot of the neuroscience is explained in a way that is either oversimplified or now outdated.

For the first time since college, I found myself jotting down notes in a notebook because it was the only way for me to keep track of the seven sins. People can fail to notice even dramatic changes in an environment if they are attending to some other aspect. It was mostly review for me, but Schacter’s organization of the book was interesting, and he writes well and presents his ideas clearly.

Mar 08, Lage von Dissen rated it liked it. Transience loss isns memory over time 2. Insightful, though, and bottom-line: Memoyr this should invoke a sense of wonder at how our minds work and a sense of deep abiding humility in any contemplation of how we see the world.


In the early part of the book, there are references to specific functions of the various lobes of the brain and how those lobes may affect the processes of memory. This, I think, is both the strength and weakness of the book. Human Performance Models in the Global.

This book was recommended to me by a professor. Quite an interesting book to categorize our memory into 7 types.

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Daniel L. Schacter

It is well worth your time to read. Misattribution entails correct recollection of information with incorrect recollection of the source of that information. Open Preview See a Problem? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.