Memory in the Real World / Edition 3

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Overview

This textbook has been updated and extended to include recent research in all areas of everyday memory. The controversy about the value of naturalistic research, as opposed to traditional laboratory methods, is outlined, and the views of both critics and defenders are put forward. The trend toward convergence of the two approaches is evaluated.; This book brings together studies on many different topics such as memory for plans and actions, for names and faces, for routes and maps, conversations and stories, autobiographical experiences, and childhood events. Further chapters focus on memory for general knowledge and for specialist domains such as music, chess, and computer programming. Emphasis is also given to memory for internal mental events such as thoughts and dreams. False memory syndrome, memory for health events, and social remembering are covered.; This new edition spells out the links between naturalistic and applied studies and the models, and theories that support them. It shows how theoretical frameworks such as schemas, scripts, mental models and production systems, and concepts such as encoding specificity, implicit memory and rule-based and case-based reasoning are needed to explain and interpret the findings and observations derived from the study of memory in the real world.
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Editorial Reviews

Martin Conway
The first edition of 'Memory in the Real World' was a very good book. This thoroughly revised and expanded 2nd edition is outstanding and will, in my view, become the standard text in this area for some years to come. It is clearly written to a high level of scholarship and brings together a very wide range of everyday memory research that is simply not accessible to the non-expert. The clarity of the presentation and comprehensiveness of the coverage is such that students of everyday memory will find whole areas of research, which previously were only available in journal articles, made coherent and highly accessible...This really is an excellent book which will be very widely read and I will certainly use it in my own teaching and recommend students to buy it.
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"This book is a very welcome addition to the memory literature, providing thorough and detailed reviews of the growing body of research concerned with taking memory out of the laboratory. The authors are a combination of established scientists and younger investigators, who have in common a broad approach to the topic that accepts the importance of both theory and its application. This book should prove a valuable resource." – Alan Baddeley, University of York, UK

"This book offers a comprehensive account of what is known about memory in real life. The list of authors is highly impressive, and in many cases the author of the chapter you are reading is also the leading researcher in that particular field. The overall result is a book of impressive range and detail, which makes it a key reference source for any student in this field." – David Groome, University of Westminster, UK

"Before reading this book I listed the questions that people often ask me about memory. Most of these questions were answered even more thoroughly than I was hoping for. The breadth of research covered is impressive." – Jackie Andrade, University of Plymouth, UK

"The collaboration of Gillian Cohen with a group of experts in a number of fields has resulted in an amazing new book that I can highly recommend to anyone interested in the operation of memory in everyday contexts, as well as in cognitive psychology of memory in general." – Lia Kvavilashvili, University of Hertfordshire, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841696416
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,296,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Cohen is a Cognitive Psychologist who held research posts in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and more recently was Professor of Psychology at the Open University. She has had visiting appointments at Oxford, Buckingham and Louvian. Her research has focused on memory, especially memory for names and the effects of normal ageing on memory.

Martin Conway is Director of the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds and an ESRC Professorial fellow. He is a world-leading researcher of human memory. His main research interest at present is the relationship between memory and the self, and the breakdown of this relationship in brain damage and psychological interest.

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Table of Contents

G. Cohen, Introduction: The Study of Everyday Memory. J. Ellis, Memory for Intentions, Actions and Plans. A. Smith, Memory for Places: Routes, Maps and Locations. D. Wright, E. Loftus, Memory for Events: Eyewitness Testimony. R. Hanley, Memory for People: Faces, Voices and Names. H. Williams, M. Conway, Memory for Personal Experiences: Autobiographical and Flashbulb Memory. G. Cohen, Memory for Knowledge: General Knowledge and Expertise. G. Radvansky, Situational Models in Memory: Texts and Stories. R. Thompson, Collaborative and Social Remembering. C. Horton, M. Conway, Memory for Thoughts and Dreams. S. Gathercole, C. Moulin, Life Span Development of Memory: Childhood and Old Age. A. O’Connor, C. Moulin, Memory, Consciousness and Metacognition. C. Souchay, C. Moulin, The Psychopathology of Everyday Memory. G. Cohen, Overview: Speculations and Conclusions.

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