Cognitive Models of Memory provides an illuminating look at various modelling approaches to a whole range of aspects of human memory. This covers short-term memory through to the representation of conceptual knowledge, the representation of autobiographical memories, neurobiological accounts of human memory, and change in memory related to aging. All the authors deal with the relationship between form (i.e. connectionist and mathematical) models of human memory, with non-formal methods in more traditional verbal statements of theory. The strong theme running through the chapters is the relationship of models to empirical findings, and all the authors consider how models succeed and fail. A superb text for final-year undergraduates and postgraduates, providing the cutting edge in current research.
* Cohesive set of authoritative contributions from an international range of authors;
* Very strong on the testing of models against empirical reality;
* Comprehensive in scope, examining all types of memory.
M.A. Conway, Introduction: Models and Data. S.E. Gathercole, Models of Verbal Short-term Memory. G.D.A. Brown, Formal Models of Memory for Serial Order: A Review. J.A. Hampton, Psychological Representation of Concepts. D.R. Shanks, Representation of Categories and Concepts in Memory. A. Garnham, Representing Information in Mental Models. G.A. Radvansky, R.T. Zacks, The Retrieval of Situation-specific Information. S.J. Anderson, M.A. Conway, Representations of Autobiographical Memories. P.W. Burgess, T. Shallice, The Relationship between Prospective and Retrospective Memory: Neuropsychological Evidence. J. Foster, J. Ainsworth, P. Faratin, J. Shapiro, Implementing a Mathematical Model of Hippocampal Memory Function. T. Perfect, Memory Aging as Frontal Lobe Dysfunction. P.T. Smith, Constraint Satisfaction Models, and Their Relevance to Memory, Aging and Emotion.
Over the past 20 years enormous advances have been made in our understanding of basic cognitive processes concerning issues such as: What are the basic modules of the cognitive system? How can these modules be modelled? How are the modules implemented in the brain? The book series "Students in Cognition" seeks to provide state-of-the-art summaries of this research, bringing together work on experimental psychology with that on computational modelling and cognitive neuroscience. Each book contains chapters written by leading figures in the field, which aim to provide comprehensive summaries of current research. The books should be both accessible and scholarly and be relevant to undergraduates, post-graduates, and research workers alike.