Memory and Movies What Films Can Teach Us about Memory How popular films from Memento to Slumdog Millionaire can help us understand how memory works In the movie Slumdog Millionaire the childhood memories of a young game show contestant trigger his corre

  • Title: Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory
  • Author: John G. Seamon
  • ISBN: 9780262029711
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How popular films from Memento to Slumdog Millionaire can help us understand how memory works.In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the childhood memories of a young game show contestant trigger his correct answers In Memento, the amnesiac hero uses tattoos as memory aids In Away from Her, an older woman suffering from dementia no longer remembers who her husband is These aHow popular films from Memento to Slumdog Millionaire can help us understand how memory works.In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the childhood memories of a young game show contestant trigger his correct answers In Memento, the amnesiac hero uses tattoos as memory aids In Away 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 He describes the process of long term memory with examples from such films as Cast Away and Groundhog Day The Return of Martin Guerre, among other movies, informs his account of how we recognize people the effect of emotion on autobiographical memory is illustrated by The Kite Runner, Titanic, and other films movies including Born on the Fourth of July and Rachel Getting Married illustrate the complex pain of traumatic memories Seamon shows us that movies rarely get amnesia right, often using strategically timed blows to the protagonist s head as a way to turn memory off and then on again as in Desperately Seeking Susan Finally, he uses movies including On Golden Pond and Amour to describe the memory loss that often accompanies aging, while highlighting effective ways to maintain memory function.

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    One thought on “Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory”

    1. I really liked this book. Very well written, informative, and accessible. A great companion book for my online class by the same name (and author). I highly recommend this book if you're at all curious about how memory works. And, I got some good movies recommendations too.

    2. I think this book was okay in terms of readability; but, for some reason, I kept losing interest in the book and would stop reading it and then pick it up at a later date. However, that did not detract from my positive opinion of the book. The book uses popular movies to convey the inner workings of memory in the brain. Specific movies were used to explain specific types of memory. Each memory introduced was then used for the purpose of telling a different story of human experience conveyed thro [...]

    3. While I enjoyed the book and thought it was reasonably well written I struggled with it at times. It seemed to be repetitive and more text-bookish. There are some interesting points in here and the movie choices are excellent but it trends more toward a topical discussion than I was hoping for. It probably didn't help that I am reading two much more scientific books on the same topic. Overall, I would recommend the book if you are looking to better understand how memory has been incorrectly used [...]

    4. Una introducción a la memoria usando filmes para narrar sus características y problemas.También tiene algunos consejos sobre cómo tratar evitar estos últimos. Principalmente el temido y enigmatico Alzheimer.

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