[Cz-health-sci] Memory articles: structure
gareth.leng at ed.ac.uk
Wed Mar 18 14:54:53 CDT 2009
Yes, but to some extent we have to work with this; people write about
their passions and we have to use that constructively - and it's
really hard to construct good top level articles, they need a very
considerable investment. Memory is something I know something about -
but at just one level - the cellular mechanisms involved. Linking the
neuroscience to the psychology is like building a bridge across the
Atlantic - and just as vulnerable to continental drift.
PTSD I feel a bit more comfortable about - the editor of ''Stress'' is
in the next office to me and is one of my oldest friends. So I
suggessted it knowing that I could probably keep it sane within my
approximate expertise. It's a well defined syndrome with a solid
focussed body of research around it. I can work on [[Stress]] as a
higher level field to it.
I think recovered memory can be fine - see the guidelines on the
external links s page that really define quite tightly the accepted
view, along with the bibliography ssummaries. Recovered memory is NOT
a scientific issue, there's no science tahts relevant, it's just a
legal issue and a therapy practice issue - very important for both.
But really there is no science there.
Quoting Howard Berkowitz <hcberkowitz at hotmail.com>:
> We don't seem to have a top-level structure about memory in the
> neurologic sense, although there's more on computer memory. For an
> assortment of reason, I think we need a top-level one, with various
> subarticles on types and pathologies. I'm a bit disturbed with a
> bottom-up approach that seems to be starting with the controversial
> issue of recovered memory, an article which blurs into PTSD and
> legal issues.
> Obviously, the neuroscientists among us are better qualified for the
> broad view. I'd be delighted if we just started with a good solid
> Memory/Related Articles pages, with appropriate disambiguation of
> Memory (biomedical term), to disambiguate from the many kinds of
> computer memory (e.g., RAM, ROM, CAM, TCAM, EEPROM, etc.) as well as
> things such as "memory of water".
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