writes about Solomon Shereshevsky, the mysterious subject of the neuropsychologist Alexander Luria’s “The Mind of a Mnemonist” who was. The Mind of a Mnemonist has ratings and 85 reviews. In this book, Dr. A. R. Luria writes about S, a man with a limitless memory, or at least one that. This was The Mind of a Mnemonist, and I read the first dozen pages or so The author, Alexander Luria publishing as A. R. Luria), was a.

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After rewriting and reorganizing his manuscript for The Nature of Human Conflictshe defended it for a doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Tbilisi inand was appointed Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences. Jul 06, Amar Pai rated it it was amazing. A man that on the other hand can at any time go back to his childhood and remember his mother as he saw her as a baby “good” and “safe”but on the other hand cannot read or listen to anything without being assaulted by a tide of images due to his synesthesia.

Jan 22, Andreas Asimakopoulos rated it it was amazing Shelves: Synesthetia, memang mnrmonist kondisi normal. Luria’s studies of the frontal lobes were concentrated in five principal areas: Bruner by Alexander R. Proof that an exceptional intellect – though in this case balanced out by other serious shortcomings- with almost superhuman memory, does not ensure success in life at large.

It’s interesting that Luria focused on S’s vast memory and mnemonisg S”s synesthesia almost an afterthought.

The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory

LeontievMark Lebedinsky, Alexander ZaporozhetsBluma Zeigarnikmany of whom would remain his lifelong colleagues. Aleksandr Romanovich Primary Category: Be the first to ask a question about The Mind of a Mnemonist. The opening section analyses in some detail the subject’s extraordinary capacity for recall and demonstrates the association between the persistence of iconic memory and a highly developed synaesthesia.

He claimed that his condition often produced unnecessary and distracting images or feelings. It gives the flavor of early neuroscience by one of its pioneers.

Alexander Luria – Wikipedia

This is a proud, well-built man; 2 is a high-spirited woman; 3 a gloomy person; 6 a man with a swollen foot; 7 a man with a moustache; 8 a very stout woman—a sack within a sack. Jun 19, Mari rated it it was amazing Shelves: S has the rare condition of synesthesia by which experience is encoded in multiple sensory pathways.


Ifsay, a person says something, I see the word; but should another person’s voice break in, blurs appear. In response to Lysenkoism ‘s purge of geneticists [13] [14]Luria decided to pursue a physician degree, which he completed with honors in the summer of And I certainly relate to this: The volume confirmed Luria’s long sustained interest in studying the pathology of frontal lobe damage as compromising the seat of higher-order voluntary and intentional planning.

A lot of the information was redundant since I’ve read a lot about synesthetic savants over the years, but it’s always good to trace it back to the source.

There seemed to be no limitations to his memory capacity, so Luria became bored with mnemomist sort of thing, and began asking how he did these thi An engrossing and excellent account of a man with a phenomenal memory. Words suggested images and these got him lost in such things as poetry. The book also discusses his personality and problem-solving abilities at length.

The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory, with a New Foreword by Jerome S. Bruner

Independently of Vygotsky, Luria developed the ingenious “combined motor method,” which helped diagnose individuals’ hidden or subdued emotional and thought processes. However, a text has offered arguments against such a view and surmised that he had an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sacks got his inspiration from this type of approach, combining descriptions of not only the quality of the mind but also the personality, behavior, and inner world of the patient deduced I’m glad I finally got around to reading this pioneering classic of neuropsychology, which dovetailed nicely after reading “Born on a Blue Day. An engrossing and excellent account of a man with a phenomenal memory.

Luria’s research on speech dysfunction was principally in the areas of 1 expressive speech, 2 impressive speech, 3 memory, 4 intellectual activity, and 5 personality. For him, sounds have distinct colors and visual imagery and the wrong music can clash with the taste of a meal.

This was in contrast to the decoding of spoken speech as it is communicated from other individuals and decoded into subjectively understood inner language.

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Under the supervision of Vygotsky, Luria investigated various psychological changes including perception, problem solving, and memory that take place as a result of cultural development of undereducated minorities.

Dec 04, Colle Owino rated it really liked it. Once he formed an image, which was always of a particularly vivid nature, it stabilized itself in his memory.

Experiments and interviews over the years showed that his memory was based on synesthesia minf sounds into alecander visual imagerythat he could forget anything only by an act of will, that he solved problems in a peculiar crablike fashion that worked, and that he was handicapped intellectually because he could not make discriminations, and because every abstraction and idea immediately dissolved into an image for him.

The remainder of the section mindd his memory involves fascinating aspects of his having to learn how to forget and his methods of problem solving. Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. A very detailed account of how synesthesia works, with long extracts from conversations with the patient and mnemonist. This approach fused “cultural”, “historical”, and “instrumental” psychology and is most commonly referred to presently as cultural-historical psychology.

InLuria met Lev Vygotsky [1]who would influence him greatly.

The Mind of a Mnemonist

In any case, this book was a quick read and quite enjoyable. Luria’s main contributions to child psychology during the s are well summarized by the research collected in a two-volume compendium of collected research published in Moscow in and under the title of Problems of Higher Nervous System Activity in Normal and Anomalous Children. KazanRussian Empire. The book has been translated into multiple foreign languages and has been recognized as the principal book establishing Neuropsychology as a medical discipline in its own right.

Luria was born to Jewish parents in Kazana regional center east of Moscow. He could remember random strings of numbers, characters, syllables, etc.