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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.

Spontaneous Retrieval in Prospective Remembering
Spontaneous retrieval in prospective remembering

If I resolve in the morning to carry out a certain intention in the evening … it is not at all necessary that [the resolution] should become conscious throughout the day. As the time for its execution approaches it suddenly occurs to me and induces me to make the necessary preparation for the intended action. If I go walking and take a letter with me to be posted, it is not at all necessary that I … should carry it in my hand and continually look for a letter-box … I am accustomed to put it in my pocket and give my thoughts free rein on my way, feeling confident that the first letter-box will attract ...

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