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.

Prospective Memory and Life Span Development

Prospective memory and life span development

The developmental aspects of prospective memory have been studied for both the early stages of development—with children—and the later stages of development—with older adults. At both ends of the spectrum, a common assumption might be that prospective memory is relatively impaired. The research provides a somewhat different and in some cases surprising counterpoint to this assumption. We first examine the modest literature on children, then turn to the more extensive work with older adults.

Prospective Memory in Children

Even preschool-age children face prospective memory tasks such as remembering “to dress properly to go outside, to bring appropriate objects to games, to deliver messages, to carry out chores on a regular basis” (Meacham, 1982, p. 129). Some ...

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