Autobiographical memory constitutes an essential part of our personality, giving us the ability to distinguish ourselves as an individual with a past, present and future. This book reveals how the development of a conscious self, an integrated personality and an autobiographical memory are all intertwined, highlighting the parallel development of the brain, memory and personality.
Focusing strongly on developmental aspects of memory and integrating evolutionary and anthropological perspectives, areas of discussion include:
- why non-human animals lack autobiographical memory
- development of the speech areas in the brain
- prenatal and transnatal development of memory
- autobiographical memory in young children.
This book offers a unique approach through combining both neuroscientfic and social scientific viewpoints, and as such will be of great interest to all those wanting to broaden their knowledge of the development and acquisition of memory and the conscious self.