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The Evolutionary Road to Human Memory

Elisabeth A. Murray, Steven P. Wise, Mary K. L. Baldwin, and Kim S. Graham


We tend to think about memory in terms of our own experience, but a series of our direct ancestors—from the earliest vertebrates to archaic humans—also had memories. The evolutionary history that we share with these ancestral species has left its mark on modern memory, complemented by other forms of memory that are uniquely human. This book traces the long evolutionary road to human memory by explaining how a series of now-extinct ancestral species adapted to life in their world, in their time and place. As they did, new brain areas appeared, each of which supported an innovative form of memor ... More

Keywords: amnesia, autobiographical memory, brain evolution, cerebral cortex, cultural memory, event memory, hippocampus, human evolution, neural representation, primate evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198828051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth A. Murray, author
Head of the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health.

Steven P. Wise, author
retired neuroscientist

Mary K. L. Baldwin, author
Assistant Project Scientist, Psychology Department, University of California, Davis, USA