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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.

Planning and Encoding of Intentions
Planning and encoding of intentions

Research often has been designed as though prospective remembering was a memory task, without attention to either the diversity of tasks or the multidimensionality of prospective remembering.

—Allen Dobbs and Barbara Reeves, Prospective Memory

Dobbs and Reeves's observation laments the relative exclusion in laboratory research of the study of important components of prospective memory, such as the formation of intentions and the construction of plans. Indeed, we have postponed discussion of planning and the encoding of intentions to this point in the book because of the paucity of experimental research on the topic.

Planning

Researchers acknowledge that planning is an important component of prospective memory (for example, see Dobbs & Rule, 1987; Rabbitt, 1996; Shallice & Burgess, 1991). The degree ...

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