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While there are many books on retrospective memory, or remembering past events, Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field is the first authored text to provide a straightforward and integrated foundation to the scientific study of memory for actions to be performed in the future. Authors Mark A. McDaniel and Gilles O. Einstein present an accessible overview and synthesis of the theoretical and empirical work in this emerging field.

Prospective Memory: A New Research Enterprise
Prospective memory: A new research enterprise

The failure of memory that caused me the most pain was the time I forgot to pick up my 3-year-old son and his friends after nursery school and take them to their play group.

—Eugene Winograd, Practical Aspects of Memory

This poignant example refers to an aspect of memory commonly termed prospective memory.* Prospective memory is remembering to carry out intended actions at an appropriate point in the future. Even minimal reflection prompts the realization that the texture of our daily existence is inextricably bound with prospective memory tasks. These tasks include mundane demands such as remembering to pick up bread on your way home, remembering to mail the letter in your briefcase, remembering to ...

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