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Mediated Memories As Amalgamations Of Mind, Matter, And Culture

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This chapter argues that mediated memories, can neither be located within the brain nor outside in culture, but are manifestations of a complex interaction between brain, material objects, and the cultural matrix from which they arise. The body within, in this case the study of memory, will be explored as an intricate amalgamation of mind, matter and culture: mediated memories are concurrently embodied through the mind and brain, enabled by media technologies, and embedded in a cultural context. Rather than leaving the study of autobiographical memory to biologists or psychologists, the chapter also argues that a full understanding of the matter of memory requires the combined perspectives of neurobiologists, cognitive scientists, social and cultural theorists. To say that human memory is a complex problem is an understatement; it is such a daunting, intricate object of research that generations of scholars can hardly be expected to map its mechanisms.

Keywords: amalgamation of mind; autobiographical memory; human memory; mediated memories



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