Your Memory: A User's Guide

Your Memory: A User's Guide

by Alan Baddeley

A new illustrated edition of the classic book on memory: An explanation of how memory works and how to make it work reliably - information, advice and practical exercises for improving the quality and capacity of memory.
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A new illustrated edition of the classic book on memory: An explanation of how memory works and how to make it work reliably - information, advice and practical exercises for improving the quality and capacity of memory.

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Firefly Books, Limited
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New Illustrated Edition
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7.62(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Alan Baddeley is professor of Psychology at the University of York and has lectured extensively worldwide including the University of California, Harvard University and the University of Texas. He has written five books on human memory and edited another seven.

Table of Contents


  1. What is memory?
    • The physical basis of memory
    • The neurophysiology of learning and memory
    • How psychologists study memory
    • The nature of human memory
    • How many kinds of memory
    • Sensory memory
    • Short-term memory
    • Long-term memory
    • Episodic and semantic long-term memory
    • Implicit and explicit memory
  2. Short-term memory
    • Digit span
    • Chunking
    • Short-term forgetting
    • Free recall
    • Are short-term and long-term memory separate systems?
    • Acoustic cues
    • Short-term memory store
    • Levels of processing
  3. Working memory
    • Capacity and limitations
    • The phonological loop system
    • Auditory imagery
    • The phonological loop as a language-acquisition device
    • The visuo-spatial sketch pad
    • Is imagery visual or spatial?
    • Imagery and long-term learning
    • The central executive
  4. Learning
    • Rate of learning
    • Distributed practice
    • Motivation to learn
    • Learning and arousal
    • Memory and anesthesia
    • Repetition and learning
    • Meaning and memory
    • Learning and predictability
    • Implicit learning
    • Skills
    • Priming
    • Classical conditioning
    • Strengths and weaknesses of implicit learning
  5. Organizing and remembering
    • The role of organization
    • Visual mnemonics
    • Supernormal memory
    • Mnemonists and supernormal memory
  6. Forgetting
    • The forgetting curve
    • Memory for events
    • Do we forget skills?
    • Resistance to forgetting
    • Theories of forgetting
    • Sleep and memory
    • Interference and forgetting
    • Retroactive interference
    • Proactive inhibition
    • Accessing memory traces
    • Flash-bulb memory
  7. Repression
    • Forgetting what is unpleasant
    • Hysterical amnesia
    • Multiple personality
    • Child abuse
  8. Storing knowledge
    • Storing simple concepts
    • Inference in semantic memory
    • Schemata
    • Scripts
    • The nature of semantic memory: words, images or propositions?
    • Learning new concepts
    • Disorders of semantic memory
    • The organization of semantic memory
  9. Retrieval
    • Learning to retrieve
    • 'On the tip of the tongue'
    • Classifying incoming material
    • Depth of processing
    • Retrieval cues
    • Smells as retrieval cues
    • Multiple cues
    • Context-dependent memory
    • State-dependent memory
    • Mood-congruent memory
    • Recollection
    • Remembering and knowing
    • Avoiding retrieval
    • What can we learn from computers?
    • Connectionist retrieval models
  10. Eyewitness testimony
    • Innocent or guilty?
    • Suspect testimony
    • The influence of violence
    • Leading questions
    • Remembering faces
    • Identity parades and lineups
  11. Amnesia
    • What is it like to be amnesic?
    • Causes of amnesia
    • Traumatic amnesia
    • Retrograde amnesia
    • Pure amnesia
    • Amnesia and everyday memory
    • Amnesic patients can still learn
    • Managing memory problems
  12. Memory in childhood
    • Infantile amnesia
    • Do babies have episodic memory?
    • Autobiographical memory in infants
    • Children as witnesses
    • Do children forget faster than adults?
    • What develops in cognitive development?
  13. Memory and aging
    • Age and cognitive processing
    • Working memory and aging
    • Long-term memory
    • Prospective memory
    • Semantic memory
    • Implicit learning
    • Biological influences on learning and memory
    • Are you an owl or a rooster?
    • Individual differences in the effects of aging
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Long-term memory in Alzheimer's disease
    • Implicit learning in Alzheimer's disease
    • Working memory in Alzheimer's disease
    • Treating Alzheimer's disease
    • Use it or lose it?
  14. Improving your memory
    • Everyday remembering
    • Demands on memory
    • Visual imagery mnemonics
    • Verbal mnemonics
    • Ritual and oral tradition
    • Memory aids
    • Improving your memory
    • Memory improvement in the elderly
    • Attention and interest
    • Organization
    • Practice
    • Smart drugs
    • Conclusion

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