Originally published in 1976, this is Volume 4 of a series that reflected the current state of the field at the time. In this title the focus shifts to modern developments in cognitive psychology. The emphasis is primarily on attention and short-term memory, as these concepts came to be understood in the decade leading up to publication. In addition to presenting the major concepts, the authors outline fundamental theories and methods, all in a way that will be readable by anyone with a reasonable scientific background. As the editor notes in the Foreword, each author "has taken on the assignment of giving explicit attention to the orienting attitudes and long-term goals that tend to shape the overall course of research in his field and to bring out both actual and potential influences and implications with respect to other aspects of the discipline." This volume, as all volumes of the Handbook, will be invaluable for those who want an organized picture of the current state of the field as it was at the time.
Foreword. W.K. Estes Introduction to Volume 4. 1. Norman E. Spear Retrieval of Memories: A Psychobiological Approach 2. Bennet B. Murdock, Jr. Methodology in the Study of Human Memory 3. Fergus I.M. Craik and Betty Ann Levy The Concept of Primary Memory 4. Richard M. Shiffrin Capacity Limitations in Information Processing, Attention, and Memory 5. David LaBerge Perceptual Learning and Attention 6. Dominic W. Massaro Auditory Information Processing 7. Wayne A. Wickelgren Memory Storage Dynamics 8. Keith T. Wescourt and Richard C. Atkinson Fact Retrieval Processes in Human Memory. Author Index. Subject Index.