"The Altering of Reported Experiences,"
by Daniel Offer, Marjorie Kaiz, Kenneth I. Howard, and Emily
Bennett. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 33:6.
This article, published in a scientific journal, describes
how memory for some of the most important events in our lives
is not always as accurate as we think it is.
Memory: From Mind to Molecules,
by Larry Squire and Eric Kandel. (New York: Scientific American
Larry Squire and Eric Kandel are two of the scientists at
the forefront of memory research. They have produced a very
readable book which explains some of the most important concepts
of how memory works.
Searching for Memory: The Brain, the
Mind, and the Past, by Daniel L. Schacter. (New York:
Harper Collins, 1997).
Daniel Schacter, a professor of psychology at Harvard University,
explains what neuroscientists understand about how human memory
works and what can happen when it does not. The book's coverage
of false memory is especially complete.
The Emotional Brain, by Joseph
LeDoux (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998).
Joseph LeDoux is a professor at New York University, and is
well known for his research into the amygdala, a small brain
structure which is critical for the emotional component of
memory. This is a non-technical book which explains what we
know about the amygdala and about emotional memory.
The Brain, by Richard Restak
(New York: Bantam Books, 1984).
This engaging book is a companion to a popular PBS television
series of the same name. It covers the basics of anatomy and
functioning of the brain, and how the brain gives rise to
such complex behaviors as memory, language and reasoning.
How the Mind Works, by Steven
Pinker (New York: W. Norton, 1997).
This bestselling book addresses how the mind works and why
it might have evolved. The author, Steven Pinker, is a professor
of psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.