Episodic memory is the name of the kind of memory that records personal experiences instead of the mere remembering of impersonal facts and rules. This type of memory is extremely sensitive to ageing and disease so an understanding of the mechanisms of episodic memory might lead to the development of therapies suited to improve memory in some patient populations. Episodic memory is unique in that it includes an aspect of self-awareness and helps us to remember who we are in terms of what we did and what we have been passed through and what we should do in the future. This book brings together a renowned team of contributors from the fields of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and behavioural and molecular neuroscience. It provides a detailed and comprehensive overview of recent developments in understanding human episodic memory and animal episodic-like memory in terms of concepts, methods, mechanisms, neurobiology and pathology. The work presented within this book will have a profound effect on the direction that future research in this topic will take.

Key Features

- The first and most current comprehensive handbook on what we know about episodic memory, the memory of events, time, place, and emotion, and a key feature of awareness and consciousness - Articles summarize our understanding of the mechanisms of episodic memory as well as surveying the neurobiology of epsidodic memory in patients, animal studies and functional imaging work - Includes 34 heavily illustrated chapters in two sections by the leading scientists in the field


Neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and psychologists found in academic and research settings.

Table of Contents

Section A. THEORIES AND CONCEPTS OF EPISODIC MEMORY 1. Characteristics, Development and Functions of Episodic Memory 1.1 Perspectives on episodic and semantic memory retrieval Lee Ryan, Siobhan Hoscheidt and Lynn Nadel 1.2. Exploring episodic memory Martin A. Conway 1.3. Episodic memory and mental time travel Thomas Suddendorf and Michael C. Corballis 1.4. Episodic memory: reconsolidation Lynn Nadel, Almut Hupbach, Oliver Hardt and Rebecca Gomez 1.5. The attributes of episodic memory processing Michael R. Hunsaker and Raymond P. Kesner 1.6. The cognitive and neural bases of flashbulb memories Patrick S.R. Davidson 1.7. From the past into the future: the developmental origins and trajectory or episodic future thinking Cristina M. Atance 1.8. Emotion and episodic memory Philip A. Allen, Kevin P. Kaut and Robert R. Lord 2. Is Episodic Memory Unique to Humans 2.1. The current status of cognitive time travel research in animals William A. Roberts 2.2. Animal episodic memory Ekrem Dere, Armin Zlomuzica, Joseph P. Huston, and Maria A. De Souza Silva 2.3. A new working definition of episodic memory: replacing “when” with “which” Alexander Easton and Madeline J. Eacott 2.4. Episodic-like memory in food-hoarding birds Gesa Feenders and Tom V. Smulders 2.5. Representing past and future events Thomas R. Zentall Section B. THE NEUROBIOLOGY AND NEUROPATHOLOGY OF EPISODIC MEMORY 3. The Neuroanatomy of Episodic Memory 3.1. Functional neuroanatomy of remote, episodic memory Morris Moscovitch, Gordon Winocur, Lee Ryan and Lynn Nadel 3.2. The medi


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About the editors

Ekrem Dere

Ekrem Dere is full professor for the Pathophysiology of Cerebral Aging at the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France. His former team at the University in Düsseldorf, Germany, has provided the first behavioral evidence demonstrating that gap junctions in the brain play an important role in various behavioral processes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Physiological Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Alexander Easton

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Durham, UK

Lynn Nadel

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Joe Huston

Affiliations and Expertise

Physiological Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany