Published in 1980, part of the Experimental Psychology series. This book proposes and tests a theory about human memory, about how a person encodes, retains, and retrieves information from memory. This edition contains two major parts. First is the historical analysis of associationism and its countertraditions. This still provides the framework that has been used to relate the current research to an important intellectual tradition. This is reproduced without comment from the original book; historical analyses do not need as rapid revision as theoretical analyses. The second part of the book reproduces the major components of the HAM theory.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO BRIEF EDITION, PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION, 1. INTRODUCTION, 2. ASSOCIATIONISM: A HISTORICAL REVIEW, 3. RATIONALIST COUNTERTRADITIONS, 4. AN OVERVIEW OF HAM, 5. THE STRUCTURE OF KNOWLEDGE, 6. THE RECOGNITION PROCESS, 7. MODEL FOR SENTENCE LEARNING, 8. FACT RETRIEVAL, 9. VERBAL LEARNING, 10. INTERFERENCE AND FORGETTING, 11. PROBLEMS AND NEW ISSUES, REFERENCES, AUTHOR INDEX, SUBJECT INDEX
John R. Anderson (Author) , G. H. Bower (Author)
"Altogether impressive...It is rather astonishing to find a book that aspires to develop a comprehensive theory of memory and indeed delivers a theory that...is reasonably well specified, formalized in some parts, computer implemented in others rather extensively tested against experimental results, and set firmly in the context of historical discussion of western speculation about the nature of human memory."