Books on Memory

Nobel-winning scientist Eric Kandel and author of a newly published book called, In Search of Memory, has selected 5 best books on memory which was published in WSJ last week:

1. "Ficciones" by Jorge Luis Borges
We know that an excessively weak memory is a handicap, but, as Borges shows, having too good a memory can be a handicap as well--the capacity to forget is a blessing.

2. "Memories Are Made of This" by Rusiko Bourtchouladze
A gifted writer who is also a behaviorist, she discusses both of the great themes of memory research: the "systems problem" of memory storage and the "molecular problem" .

3. "Memory and Brain" by Larry R. Squire
Larry R. Squire, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California at San Diego, provides a superb historical overview of the key experiments and insights that have given rise to our current understanding of the problem of memory storage.

4."The Seven Sins of Memory"by Daniel L. Schacter
The seven "sins" refers to memory's various weaknesses: its transience, absentmindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias and persistence.

5."Memory From A to Z" by Yadin Duda
Any question that remains unanswered after reading the above works by Bourtchouladze, Squire and Schacter can be answered by Yadin Dudai, a professor at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.