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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.

Prospective Memory as it Applies to Work and Naturalistic Settings
Prospective memory as it applies to work and naturalistic settings

Although the pilot had set the flaps on his plane to takeoff position thousands of times as part of a well-scripted routine, following a series of interruptions, he forgot to do so. Tragically, the warning system also failed on this occasion, and the plane crashed, killing all but one person.

Eight months after hernia surgery, the patient complained of abdominal pain and nausea. A scan of his abdominal area revealed that a 16-cm clamp had been left from his surgery. Despite the best intentions of a conscientious surgical team of doctors and nurses, they had forgotten to remove the clamp.

The errors above represent true to life failures ...

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