- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141044314
- ISBN-13: 978-0141044316
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Permanent Present Tense: The man with no memory, and what he taught the world Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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Fascinating ... rich with implications for our understanding of the brain, our experience and what it means to be human (Steven Pinker, author of 'How the Mind Works' and 'The Stuff of Thought')
The poignant story of a man who became one of history's most studied patients (John Carey Sunday Times)
In this fine and moving book, Corkin pays tribute to a much-missed friend, as well as offering lucid accounts of the neuropsychological discoveries he made possible (Jonathan Rée Guardian)
About the Author
Suzanne Corkin is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and head of the Corkin Lab at MIT. The author of nine books, Corkin lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
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Pick up any psychology book on memory and you'll come across HM who contributed an enormous amount to the study of memory but his true identity wasn't revealed until his death in 2008. Henry participated in thousands of studies without ever remembering for himself what he did or the people he worked with. The author Suzanne Corkin is a neuroscientist who worked with him for nearly fifty years and yet each time they met it was as if it was the first time for Henry. This absorbing book brings HM to life as a person as well as exploring the nature and science of memory itself.
It's a fascinating insight into how memory works; what Henry can't remember but also what he could remember and learn, even with such a severe impairment. It's a slightly `geeky' book for anyone interested in the neuroscience or study of memory as there is a lot of information about the tests and procedures that Henry took part in but it's well written and moves easily between the technical and personal details.
Radio 4 serialised it recently and I suspect they took out much of the technical detail and focused on the human side, but that would leave only half a book. It's interesting to get an insight into how the science of psychology has changed and developed; tests that were impossible back in the early 60s suddenly become possible as Henry gets older and new information is constantly revealed.Read more ›
Psychology students, and Medics will find the detail intriguing.
However the undercurrent that i found most interesting was the narrative regarding Henry Molaison's life. His absolute trust in the medical fraternity, much misplaced. The questionable ethic of experimental neurosurgeons in the mid 20th century is frightening.
The writing is simple and accessible to anybody else.
Definitely one of the best in the field.
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Gets quite indepth, but interesting story if youre into that area of science. Not the best writing style in my opinion.Published 21 months ago by Bean
Fascinating historical account of the pivotal case in the neuroscience of memory. Although prose is a bit awkward, the human story is profoundly moving.Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by Dr Antonio Incisa
..not to be read in one sitting but I am finding it very interesting and very relevant to my studies and professional life.Published on 1 Oct. 2013 by Buyer
This book is easy to read and follow while at the same time introducing technical concepts that a layman can understandPublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by maxine sugg
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