The Fallibility of Memory: Background information when reading Instructions for a Funeral

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Instructions for a Funeral

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by David Means

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Instructions for a Funeral by David Means
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    Mar 2019, 208 pages
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The Fallibility of Memory

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Throughout his collection of short stories, Instructions for a Funeral, David Means shows the ways in which people's recollections of the past change over time. Learning new information, reconsidering ethical stances and changing self-perceptions contribute to characters tweaking their memories to better fit new narratives about their lives and the lives of those around them. In this way, people's memories can be a product of the narratives they choose, rather than an objectively true recall of events. Psychology provides us with some insight into how memory affects the ways in which people understand the world around them.

Multi store memory modelMemory refers to the structures and processes the brain uses to store and recall information. According to Richard Arkinson and Richard Shiffrin's multi-store model theory, humans have three types of memory: sensory memory (a basic perception of any stimulus that is registered by the senses, generally stored for less than a second), short-term memory (simple ...

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