Human Memory

Human Memory

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Our capacity to store and retrieve information has fascinated cognitive and neuropsychologists for decades, and spawned generations of researchers from across the globe to study it from many angles. Researchers are fundamentally interested in short-term memory, working memory, long-term memory, memory systems, memory impairment and different methods for studying memory, for example newer imaging technologies (for e.g. Neuroscience methods).

This collection collates those articles which represent the conceptual issues in Human Memory and demonstrate the key contemporary themes in memory. Moreover, developments in contemporary theory often urge the student, academic or practitioner to revisit classic works. As such, this collection, Human Memory, is separated into four volumes.

Volume I studies cases of Memory Impairment. Contemporary cognitive psychology and in particular memory, is often taught from a neuropsychological angle.; Volume II covers models of Memory and Memory Systems looking at the classification and subdivisions of the memory system drawing on neuroscience models (e.g. Hemispheric Encoding Retrieval Asymmetry), developmental patterns (Childhood Amnesia, Memory Aging as Frontal Lobe impairment) and laboratory experimentation (Interference theory, verbal learning paradigms).; Volume III focuses on Fundamentals of Human Memory and gathers together the essential empirical work on various properties of memory.; Volume IV looks at Memory in Everyday Life and considers eyewitness testimony as well as prospective remembering, autobiographical memory, navigation, rehabilitation, education, and memory for dreams and social influences on memory.

Editor's Introduction: Human Memory


What is Memory?

Memory is a fundamental psychological entity. It can be thought of as a personal record of experience. After the here-and-now of perception, sensation, emotion or reflection, if there is any lasting influence of that process, it must be because the material or thought is retained in some manner. Loosely speaking, any such retention is a form of memory. Contemporary views of cognition as information processing thus see memory as a central feature of human thought. These volumes will show how this is a view which is of utility in understanding neurological and psychiatric conditions, and has applications to real-world issues such as eyewitness testimony. Memory is a topic which has its foundations in learning processes and the very beginnings ...

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