This edited collection provides an inter- and intra-disciplinary discussion of the critical role context plays in how and when individuals and groups remember the past. International contributors integrate key research from a range of disciplines, including social and cognitive psychology, discursive psychology, philosophy/philosophical psychology and cognitive linguistics, to increase awareness of the central role that cultural, social and technological contexts play in determining individual and collective recollections at multiple, yet interconnected, levels of human experience.

Divided into three parts, cognitive and psychological perspectives, social and cultural perspectives, and cognitive linguistics and philosophical perspectives, Stone and Bietti present a breadth of research on memory in context. Topics covered include:

    • the construction of self-identity in memory
    • flashbulb memories
    • scaffolding memory
    • the cultural psychology of remembering
    • social aspects of memory
    • the mnemonic consequences of silence
    • emotion and memory
    • eyewitness identification
    • multimodal communication and collective remembering.

Contextualizing Human Memory allows researchers to understand the variety of work undertaken in related fields, and to appreciate the importance of context in understanding when, how and what is remembered at any given recollection. The book will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of cognitive and social psychology, as well as those in related disciplines interested in learning more about the advancing field of memory studies.

chapter 1|8 pages

An introduction to contextualizing human memory

ByCharles B. Stone, Lucas M. Bietti

part Part I|57 pages

Cognitive and psychological perspectives

chapter 2|12 pages

Contextualizing traumatic memories

The role of self-identity in the construction of autobiographical memory in posttraumatic stress disorder 1
ByAdam D. Brown, Nicole A. Kouri, Julia E. Superka

chapter 3|14 pages

Contextualizing silence

A psychological approach to understanding the mnemonic consequences of selective silence in social interactions
ByCharles B. Stone

chapter 4|29 pages

Emotional context, rehearsal and memories

The mutual contributions and possible integration of flashbulb memory and eyewitness identification research
ByRafaele Dumas, Olivier Luminet

part Part II|58 pages

Social and cultural perspectives

chapter 5|17 pages

Context in the cultural psychology of remembering

Illustrated with a case study of conflict in national memory
ByIgnacio Brescó, Brady Wagoner

chapter 6|16 pages

Concepts of social context in memory

Social scientific approaches 1
ByChristian Gudehus

chapter 7|23 pages

Shared beliefs about world history and cultural context

A theoretical review and a collective-level analysis 1
ByDarío Páez, Magdalena Bobowik, James H. Liu, Nekane Basabe

part Part III|82 pages

Cognitive linguistics and philosophical perspectives

chapter 8|27 pages

Contextualizing embodied remembering

Autobiographical narratives and multimodal communication
ByLucas M. Bietti

chapter 9|33 pages

Scaffolded joint action as a micro-foundation of organizational learning

ByBrian R. Gordon, Georg Theiner

chapter 10|20 pages

Scaffolding memory

Themes, taxonomies, puzzles 1
ByJohn Sutton

part Part IV|10 pages


chapter 11|8 pages

The (social) context of memory

ByWilliam Hirst