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Memory
     

Memory

by Alan Baddeley, Michael W. Eysenck, Michael C. Anderson
 

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ISBN-10: 1848720009

ISBN-13: 9781848720008

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

People seem to be intrigued by memory, and by its sometimes spectacular failure in (for example) people with amnesia. However, students of memory sometimes fail to retain this fascination. The reason is clear: in order to study memory we must carry out carefully-designed experiments, which can seem boring even when they are exciting science. Fortunately, we now

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People seem to be intrigued by memory, and by its sometimes spectacular failure in (for example) people with amnesia. However, students of memory sometimes fail to retain this fascination. The reason is clear: in order to study memory we must carry out carefully-designed experiments, which can seem boring even when they are exciting science. Fortunately, we now know enough about memory to relate laboratory studies to the world beyond. In other words, our scientific knowledge of memory and how it works can help us to explain those aspects of memory that most people find of greatest interest.

This book presents a thorough, accessible and appealing overview of the field, written with students in mind, by some of the world's leading researchers. It starts with a brief overview and explanation of the scientific approach to memory before going on to discuss the basic characteristics of the various memory systems and how they work. Summaries of short-term and working memory are followed by chapters on learning, the role of organization in memory, the ways in which our knowledge of the world is stored, retrieval, and on intentional and motivated forgetting.

The latter half of the book involves the broader application of our basic understanding of memory, with chapters on autobiographical memory, amnesia, and on memory in childhood and aging. After chapters discussing eyewitness testimony and prospective memory, a final chapter addresses an issue of great importance to students – how to improve your memory.

Each chapter of the book is written by one of the three authors, an approach which takes full advantage of their individual expertise, style and personality. This enhances students’ enjoyment of the book, allowing them to share the authors’ own fascination with human memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848720008
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 0.97(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

1. What is Memory? 2. Memory and the Brain 3. Short-term Memory 4. Working Memory 5. Learning 6. Episodic Memory: Organizing and Remembering 7. Semantic Memory and Stored Knowledge 8. Retrieval 9. Incidental Forgetting 10. Motivated Forgetting 11. Autobiographical Memory 12. Eyewitness Testimony 13. Prospective Memory 14. Memory in Childhood 15. Memory and Aging 16. When Memory Systems Fail 17. Improving Your Memory

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