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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.

Learning and Memory
Learning and memory

Where once Mnemosyne was a venerated Goddess, we have turned over responsibility for remembering to the cult of computers, which serve our modern mnemonic idols … Human memory has become self-externalised: projected outside the rememberer himself or herself and into non-human machines. These machines, however, cannot remember; what they can do is record, store and retrieve information – which is only part of what human beings do when they enter into a memorious state. (E. S. Casey, 2000, p. 2)


Hermann Ebbinghaus and Frederic Bartlett are generally considered the founding fathers of the psychological study of memory. Yet, they developed radically different approaches to the topic, corresponding roughly to the ‘two psychologies’ discussed in Chapter 1 of this volume. Ebbinghaus (1962[1885]) ...

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