Some Reflections on Being the Subject of Research Into Memory. An Academic Critique of Methodology Applied to a Single Person

Some Reflections on Being the Subject of Research Into Memory. An Academic Critique of... The author's memory of events between 1941–60 in World War Two and civilian employment in Burma and Tanganiyika, was tested by three psychologists over three days on the basis of his 3,000 page diary and other written records which had not been read since they were written.The results found discrepancies in both traumatic and non-traumatic events. The methodology involved complex interpersonal relationships related to age, sex, appearance, class, education, ethnicity, and trust in the researchers as well as issues of what to test in such a mass of material and the validity of the base line tests.The methodology brought out the need for researchers to know the social field surrounding memory such as current affairs and routine and the need for an industrial work study approach to research planning.The overall approach used an elitist language code and did not allow for the physical tiredness and social obligations of those involved. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Some Reflections on Being the Subject of Research Into Memory. An Academic Critique of Methodology Applied to a Single Person

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1014353606297
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Abstract

The author's memory of events between 1941–60 in World War Two and civilian employment in Burma and Tanganiyika, was tested by three psychologists over three days on the basis of his 3,000 page diary and other written records which had not been read since they were written.The results found discrepancies in both traumatic and non-traumatic events. The methodology involved complex interpersonal relationships related to age, sex, appearance, class, education, ethnicity, and trust in the researchers as well as issues of what to test in such a mass of material and the validity of the base line tests.The methodology brought out the need for researchers to know the social field surrounding memory such as current affairs and routine and the need for an industrial work study approach to research planning.The overall approach used an elitist language code and did not allow for the physical tiredness and social obligations of those involved.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 13, 2004

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