Modern Memory Research Pioneers
One of the most well respected present day memory researchers and the author of many best selling books on the subject of memory is neuroscientist and professor at Harvard University, Daniel Schacter. In his book, "Searching for Memory - the brain, the mind, and the past," Schacter reflects on those who influenced his early career in memory research. Dr. Schacter became inspired by someone who was considered at the time to be of very little importance to memory research:
Professor Schacter explains a correlation between the time Richard Semon was born, in 1859, that was the same year Charles Darwin published Origin of Species. Semon had apparently been deeply influenced by Darwin's work, and the innovative approach to understanding evolution. He began to study at the University of Jena, a major European center for evolutionary research where he became a young rising professor.
Elizabeth Loftus has been another pivotal figure in memory research studies. For the past 20 years, she has authored 300 scientific research articles related to human memory issues. Many of her studies are considered classic by her colleagues as they uncover evidence about the fragility of human memory over time and how it occurs.