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.

Final Thoughts

Final thoughts

When we first approached the task of writing this book, we were optimistic but yet a bit concerned about the availability of enough quality research on prospective memory to support a full-length text on the topic. After all, there were only a trickle of papers on prospective memory prior to 1990. Indeed, in the early years of prospective memory research, Harris (1984) stated, “Until recently psychological research on memory, from Ebbinghaus to Bartlett, has dealt, almost exclusively, with remembering information rather than remembering to do things” (p. 71).

Since that time, research on the topic has progressed at a geometric rate, but even so we were worried that it would be highly scattered, perhaps not address common themes, and in general be difficult ...

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