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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Alexander Luria – Wikipedia

Details which other people would overlook, or which would remain on the periphery of awareness, took on an independent value in his mind, giving rise to images that tended to scatter meaning. It could be worse! It could always be worse!

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Mind of a Mnemonist: Bruner by Alexander R. The Mind of a Mnemonist is a rare phenomenon – a scientific study that transcends its data and, in the manner of the best fictional literature, fashions a portrait of an unforgettable human being. Paperbackpages. Published April 30th by Harvard University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Mind of a Mnemonistplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Mind of a Mnemonist. Xlexander with This Book. But the amazing thing is it reads like a bedtime story.

Many scientists look up to the author ,nemonist this book like Oliver Sacks.

Alexandef, words can have smells, tastes, etc. The visual quality of mnenonist recall was fundamental to his capacity for remembering words. When he ot or read a word it was converted right away into a visual image menmonist corresponded with the object the word signified for him.

Once he formed an image, which was always of a particularly vivid nature, it stabilized itself in his memory. View all 4 comments. Dec 25, Richard Cytowic rated it it was amazing. A time-capsule classic, and the way I learned the word “synesthesia,” the topic that became my life’s work. It’s interesting that Luria focused on S’s vast memory and made S”s synesthesia almost an afterthought. The book is good reading whether one is interested in memory per se or not.

It gives the flavor of early neuroscience by one of its pioneers. Jan 22, Andreas Asimakopoulos rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some useful tips Never connect same colors of objects with places. No in dark places. Bigger objects are efficient in dark places. Music in Restaurants because it changes the mmemonist of everything. You cannot eat while reading because you focus on reading.


Jun 19, Mari rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book. Quite a fast read. It not only discusses S. Luria also discusses, with great sensitivity, the effect such a gifted memory has on S. A fantastic read for those interested in memory, as well as in synesthesia.

May 22, CM rated it it was ok Shelves: This short book is Soviet psychologist A.

Solomon Shereshevsky – Wikipedia

Luria’s case study of Mr S whose memory is so vast that he can perfectly recall long lists of items YEARS after he first remembered them. His secret is synaesthesia: To this day, I can’t escape from seeing colors when I hear sounds. What first strikes me is the color of someone’s voice. Then it fades off Ifsay, a person says something, I see the word; but should another person’s voice break in, blurs appear.

These creep into This short book is Soviet psychologist A. These creep into the syllables of the words and I can’t make out what of being said. While it’s a readable case study about an one-of-a-kind memory plus all the credit for founding a new genre for humanistic clinical history! Jul 12, Tim rated it really liked it. Starting in the ‘s Luria began to study “S. Once memorized, S can recall a list after years. Luria worked with S through the 20’s and 30’s to unlock the secrets of his remarkable ability, and also to understand the impact this talent had on his perception and understanding of the world and his personality and self-control.

S has the rare condition of synesthesia by which experience is encoded Starting in the ‘s Luria began to study “S.

S has the rare condition of synesthesia by which experience is encoded in multiple sensory pathways. For him, sounds have distinct colors and visual imagery and the wrong music can clash with the taste of a meal.

The visual images he forms are extremely vivid and particular and he memorizes lists by encoding each item into images which he stores on the fly. However, this faculty has its downside. S finds metaphor and abstract concepts extremely challenging.

Poetry is almost inaccessible to him. He is confused by the clash and confusion vivid, unrelated images that arise when words are used with double meaning. His powerful visual imagination allowed him extraordinary control over autonomic responses such as body temperature, pulse and the like. But the boundary between the visual imagery of his imagination and reality was often be nebulous and he was prone to distraction that could border on split personality. The Mind of a Mnemonist anticipates the later work of Oliver Sacks and is a short, rewarding book.

Dec 03, Annie Feng rated it it was amazing. First of all, props to the translator for a wonderful job sticking to all the complex wordplay, synonyms, entendres, poetry, and phonetic explanations.

Alexander Luria

Between Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian, the translation and footnotes were very well done. This book has been on my to-read list since and I’ve FINALLY managed to find a copy earlier this year seriously, uoft robarts didnt have it, i checked. A lot of the information was redundant since I’ve read a lot about synesthetic savants over the year First of all, props to the translator for a wonderful job sticking to all the complex wordplay, synonyms, entendres, poetry, and phonetic explanations.


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. It’s a short and smooth read, and Alexandeg very grateful for Luria to take a gamble back in the day and publish this “little book”. Jun 14, Amanda rated it it was ok.

Having previously read and thoroughly enjoyed Moonwalking with Einstein, the Mind of a Mnemonist fell very short. It delves into painstaking granular detail of one individual case study. If readers wish to learn every single aspect of one man’s perspective in the early 20th century, by all means, but if readers were hoping to gain insight on people with exceptional memory skills live and perceive the world around them, read Joshua Foer mnsmonist. Nov 12, Ben Loory rated it it was amazing.

Minf 17, Naresh rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most thought provoking book I have ever read. Jul 01, Francisca rated it it was ok. Aug 31, Kjpout rated it really liked it.

What a fascinating read! The over year old story of the mnemonist Solomon Shereshevsky is both gripping and sad. 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.

Ultimately I think I feel relieved that I do not have his perfect memory, as the price is high.

The book is structured mo What a fascinating read! The book is structured more like a summary presentation of the results of the year study of Luria than an actual book. What really emerges from the text is the kf humane and personal relationship Luria had with his object of study, Shereshevsky. Luria obviously cared for Shereshevsky and felt a mix of admiration, wonder and sadness for the man.

I can understand and feel the same. To paraphrase Luria of Shereshevsky: What I cannot help but wonder having finished the book is whether Solomon Shereshevsky himself felt blessed or cursed as he was. Perhaps the question never occurred to him. Aug 25, Brandon Barton rated it it was amazing.