The Oxford Handbook of Memory / Edition 1

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The strengths and weaknesses of human memory have fascinated people for hundreds of years, so it is not surprising that memory research has remained one of the most flourishing areas in science. During the last decade, however, a genuine science of memory has emerged, resulting in research and theories that are rich, complex, and far reaching in their implications. Endel Tulving and Fergus Craik, both leaders in memory research, have created this highly accessible guide to their field. In each chapter, eminent researchers provide insights into their particular areas of expertise in memory research. Together, the chapters in this handbook lay out the theories and presents the evidence on which they are based, highlights the important new discoveries, and defines their consequences for professionals and students in psychology, neuroscience, clinical medicine, law, and engineering.

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Summarizes the research findings over the past decades that comprise the new science of memory, based first on behavioral studies and more recently on brain scanning. Contributors set out the various theories and the evidence they are based on, and explore the consequences for professionals in law, engineering, and clinical medicine. Among the topics are the development of memory, its contents, its use in the laboratory and in daily life, its decline, and its organization. Students and researchers in psychology or the neurosciences would probably find most interest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This is an epic tome summarizing the general state of knowledge in the science of human memory. Sixty eminent contributors, all of whom have done extensive research in this vast field, contributed a total of 39 chapters which outline experimental results and theory in their areas of expertise. A brief epilogue provides thoughtful commentary on how the field has grown and changed over the past 60 years, form the views of Bartlett and Lashley to current views on neural nets, brain imaging, and the fast pace of current research which provides constant surprises and requires frequent updating. It is safe to say the editors and contributors have succeeded in producing a highly interesting book, remarkable in its breadth and thoroughness. As readers and fellow researchers, we can feel ourselves fortunate that such a diverse and interesting field has been treated so well." — Psychological Reports, Vol 87, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182002
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Study of Memory
1 A Brief History of Memory Research 3
2 Concepts of Memory 33
3 Methods of Memory Research 45
4 Contingency Analyses of Memory 59
Pt. II Memory in the Laboratory
5 Short-Term and Working Memory 77
6 Encoding and Retrieval of Information 93
7 Transfer and Expertise 109
8 Serial Learning: Cognition and Behavior 125
9 Remembering Actions and Words 137
10 Distortions of Memory 149
11 Memory Judgment 165
12 Source Monitoring: Attributing Mental Experiences 179
13 Metamemory: Theory and Data 197
14 Recollection and Familiarity; Process-Dissociation 215
15 Remembering and Knowing 229
16 Nonconscious Forms of Human Memory 245
Pt. III Memory in Life
17 Memory in Infancy and Early Childhood 267
18 Socialization of Memory 283
19 Memory and Theory of Mind 297
20 Remembering Life Experiences 315
21 Control Processes in Remembering 333
22 Long-Term Maintenance of Knowledge 347
23 Remembering Spaces 363
24 Memory for Emotional Events 379
25 Memory Changes in Healthy Older Adults 395
26 Memory in the Aging Brain 411
27 Selective Memory Disorders 427
28 Memory in the Dementias 441
Pt. IV Organization of Memory
29 Neuroanatomy of Memory 465
30 The Medial Temporal Lobe and the Hippocampus 485
31 Brain Imaging of Memory 501
32 Event-Related Potential Studies of Memory 521
33 Psychopharmacological Perspectives on Memory 539
34 The Adaptive Nature of Memory 557
35 Memory Models 571
36 Connectionist Models of Memory 583
37 Episodic Memory and Autonoetic Awareness 597
38 Theories of Memory and Consciousness 609
39 Memory Systems of 1999 627
Epilogue: The Story of Memory, and Memory of the Story 645
Subject Index 649
Name Index 675
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