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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.

Monitoring in Prospective Memory
Monitoring in prospective memory

it defines one of the challenges to explanations of prospective memory: What happens to allow recall to take place?

—Peter Morris, Aspects of Memory

The next three chapters consider the intriguing and central puzzle of how an intended action is activated at the appropriate window of opportunity. By definition, prospective memory tasks are those in which remembering to recall is the primary challenge. Existing models of recall and recognition based on laboratory studies of memory focus on the processes that occur once a person has been explicitly prompted to remember. Thus, these models do not consider and address the retrieval process of most interest in prospective remembering. We need other theoretical approaches to help us understand prospective remembering.

Fortunately, theorists ...

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