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Memory and the self

Paul M. Jenkinson and Martin A. Conway

in From the Couch to the Lab

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600526
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199600526.003.0022
Memory and the self

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In this chapter we consider the relationship between memory and the self. The chapter outlines the self-memory system (SMS): a conceptual framework in which autobiographical memory is viewed as the database of the self. Components of the SMS are described and evidence for their existence discussed. We then consider the way in which different types of confabulation (i.e. memory- and awareness-related) can be explained as pathologies of the SMS. The framework embraces the integration of cognitive neuroscience and psychoanalytic theory, via the proposal that cognition (i.e. memory) can be motivated by fundamental drives and emotions that are features of psychoanalysis.

Chapter.  8175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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