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.

Multiprocess Theory of Prospective Memory

Multiprocess theory of prospective memory

So, if I've accomplished nothing else in this talk, I hope at least that the next time you're tempted to consider parsimony as a desirable aspect of whatever you are doing, you'll give some thought to whether you really want to advocate a simplistic and nonexistent parsimony, rather than an appropriately complicated and meaningful psychology.

—William F. Battig

This concluding paragraph from Battig's presidential address to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association on April 7, 1978, summarizes his basic point that if we want to understand psychological phenomena in general and memory in particular, we have to embrace the idea that the mind is complex and that the processes recruited in a given situation are context dependent. When this ...

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