Handbook of Episodic Memory

Handbook of Episodic Memory

1st Edition - September 4, 2008

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  • Editors: Ekrem Dere, Alexander Easton, Lynn Nadel, Joe Huston
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531742
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932361

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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

    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
    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 medial temporal lobe: visual perception and recognition memory
    Yael Shrager and Larry R. Squire
    3.3. Towards a neurobiology of episodic memory
    Howard Eichenbaum, Norbert Fortin, Ceren Ergorul and Jonathan Robitsek
    3.4. Spatio-temporal context and object recognition memory in rodents
    Mark Good
    3.5. The role of the prefrontal cortex in episodic memory
    Matthias Brand, Hans J. Markowitsch
    3.6. The basal forebrain and episodic memory
    Toshikatsu Fujii
    3.7. The role of the precuneus in episodic memory
    Michael R. Trimble and Andrea E. Cavanna
    3.8. The multiple roles of dopaminergic neurotransmission in episodic memory
    Björn H. Schott and Emrah Düzel
    4. The Cellular and Molecular Correlates of Episodic Memory
    4.1. Neural coding of episodic memory
    Joe Z. Tsien
    4.2. The primate hippocampus and episodic memory
    Edmund T. Rolls
    4.3. Hippocampal neuronal activity and episodic memory
    Emma R. Wood and Livia de Hoz
    4.4. The hippocampus, context processing and episodic memory
    David M. Smith
    5. The Effects of Ageing and Disease on Episodic Memory
    5.1. Memory and perceptual impairments in amnesia and dementia
    Kim S. Graham, Andy C.H. Lee and Morgan D. Barense
    5.2. Using hippocampal amnesia to understand the neural basis of diencephalic amnesia
    John P. Aggleton, Richard C. Saunders and Seralynne D. Vann
    5.3. Structure — Function correlates of episodic memory in aging
    Jonas Persson and Lars Nyberg
    5.4. Memory and cognitive performance in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease and preclinical vascular disease
    Brent J. Small, Stuart W.S. MacDonald, Lindsay Iser and Lars Bäckman
    5.5. Transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease and episodic-like memory
    David R. Borchelt and Alena V. Savonenko
    5.6. Episodic memory in the context of cognitive control dysfunction: the case of Huntington’s disease
    Francois Richer and Martin Lemay
    5.7. Adrenal steroids and episodic memory: relevance to mood disorders
    Hamid A. Alhaj and R. Hamish McAllister-Williams

Product details

  • No. of pages: 628
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: September 4, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531742
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932361

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

Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

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