What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Overview

Human memory, like other biological systems, has been subject to natural selection over the course of evolution. However, cognitive systems do not fossilize, which means that current researchers must infer evolutionary influences on human memory from current human behavior rather than from fossils or artifacts. Examining the potential for cognition as adaptation has often been ignored by cognitive psychology. Recently, a number of researchers have identified variables that affect human memory that may reflect ...

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Overview

Human memory, like other biological systems, has been subject to natural selection over the course of evolution. However, cognitive systems do not fossilize, which means that current researchers must infer evolutionary influences on human memory from current human behavior rather than from fossils or artifacts. Examining the potential for cognition as adaptation has often been ignored by cognitive psychology. Recently, a number of researchers have identified variables that affect human memory that may reflect these ancestral influences. These include survival processing, future-oriented processing, spatial memory, cheater detection, face memory and a variety of social influences on memory. The current volume grew out of discussion at the symposium on survival processing at the SARMAC conference in June 2011, in New York City. The goal of this volume will be to present the best theoretical and empirical work on the adaptive nature of memory. It features the most current work of a number of cognitive psychologists, developmental psychologists, comparative psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists, who have focused on this issue. This is important because much this work is necessarily interdisciplinary and is therefore spread out across a range of journals and conferences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199928057
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/7/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BLS: Professor of Psychology, Florida International University
MLH: Professor of Psychology, City University, London
MPT: Chair, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida
HO: Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University

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Table of Contents

1. Otgaar, Howe, Schwartz, & Toglia: What is Adaptive Memory?

Section 1: Adaptive memory: What are the factors that drove the natural selection of memory?

2. Stanley B. Klein: Evolution, Memory, and the Role of Self-Referent Recall in Planning for the Future
3. Raoul Bell and Axel Buchner: Remembering cheaters
4. Daniel J. Burns and Joshua Hart: Living, Dying and Remembering: The Encoding Processes Involved in Survival Processing

Section 2: Adaptive Memory: A Special Case for Survival Information and Processing?

5. Mark L. Howe and Mary H. Derbish: Adaptive memory: Survival processing, ancestral relevance, and the role of elaboration
6. Nicholas C. Soderstrom & Anne M. Cleary: On the Domain-Generality of Survival Processing Advantages in Memory
7. Jeanette Altarriba and Stephanie Kazanas: Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference
8. Toglia, M. P,, Leedy, A. D., Wilde, A. M., Baker, C. M. & & Dacey, E. M. Cognitive and social factors in the study of survival memory
9. Bennett L. Schwartz & Brock R. Brothers: Survival processing does not improve paired-associate learning
10. Edgar Erdfelder & Meike Kroneisen: Proximate cognitive mechanisms underlying the survival processing effect

Section 3: Adaptive Memory in Distinctive populations

11. Memory Errors in Adaptive Recollections Henry Otgaar, Mark L. Howe, Tom Smeets, Linsey Raymaekers, & Johan van Beers
12. Linsey Raymaekers, Tom Smeets, Henry Otgaar, Maarten J.V. Peters & Harald Merckelbach: The Adaptive Value of Survival Processing in Childhood Trauma Victims
13. Corrina Maguinness and Fiona N. Newell: Recognising others: Adaptive changes to person recognition throughout the lifespan
14. Jennifer Vonk & Kelly W. Mosteller: Perceptual versus Conceptual Memory Processes in a Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
15. Patrick Douglas Sellers II and David F. Bjorklund: The Development of Adaptive Memory
16. James S. Nairne. Adaptive Memory: Controversies and Future Directions

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