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4th Edition

Human Memory

ISBN 9780367252922
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
674 Pages 217 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Human Memory, 4th edition, provides a comprehensive overview of research and theory on human memory. Written in an engaging style, the book is divided into three sections, providing an accessible introduction to the application and assessment of memory theory. Beginning with the history of memory, the first section explores basic methodology and neuroscience. The second section examines the key topics of memory such as the sensory registers, mechanisms of forgetting and short-term, nondeclarative, episodic, and semantic memory. The third section focuses on specialist topics such as amnesia, memory for space and time, autobiographical memory, memory and reality, memory and the law, metamemory and formal models of memory. Instructors could pick and chose which of these chapters best fit the goals of their course.

New to this edition:

  • More prominent discussion of neuroscience findings.
  • Coverage of a wider range of neuroscientific techniques.
  • Greater emphasis on memory changes over time.
  • New explanation of how to calculate a wider range of signal detection measures.
  • Additional content on a wide range of topics including the mirror effect, sleep-related memory processes, vicarious autobiographical memories, inter-generational memory transmission, the impact of lying on memory, eyewitness collaboration, and aging and spatial memory.
  • Expanded coverage of areas including theories of hypermnesia, chunking, serial order memory, prospective memory, threshold models, and eyewitness line-up identification.
  • Updated companion resources, including PowerPoint slides and exam questions.

The book highlights the application of memory theory and findings to everyday experience, presents in-depth explorations of studies, and provides opportunities for students to explore the assessment of memory in more laboratory-based settings. Packed full of student-friendly pedagogy including study questions, Stop and Review and Try it Out sections, Study in Depth text boxes, and more, Human Memory, 4th edition is an essential companion for all students of human memory.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Overview and History of Memory Research

Chapter 2 Neuroscience of Memory

Chapter 3 Methods and Principles

Core Memory Topics

Chapter 4 Sensory and Short-Term Memory

Chapter 5 Working Memory

Chapter 6 Nondeclarative Memory

Chapter 7 Episodic Memory: Past and Future

Chapter 8 Forgetting

Chapter 9 Semantic Memory

Special Topics in Memory

Chapter 10 Forms of Amnesia

Chapter 11 Memory for Space and Time

Chapter 12 Autobiographical Memory

Chapter 13 Memory and Reality

Chapter 14 Memory and the Law

Chapter 15 Metamemory

Chapter 16 Memory in Infancy and Childhood

Chapter 17 Memory and Aging

Chapter 18 Formal Models of Memory

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Gabriel A. Radvansky received his BA from Cleveland State University under the supervision of Mark Ashcraft and Ben Wallace, and his MA and PhD from Michigan State University in 1992 under the supervision of Rose T. Zacks. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame since 1993. He is an expert in human memory with over 100 publications. He has served as associated editor for the journals Memory & Cognition, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Collabra.


"Human Memory has an unconventional and appealing organization. It covers critical topics that are omitted from most textbooks and weaves historical and modern research together into a format that will serve well for both beginning and advanced study of the topic. Most importantly, it covers both the theoretical and the applied side of human memory research, making it a valuable resource for understanding how and where the formal study of human memory fits into the social sciences more broadly."Aaron S. Benjamin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

"This is an impressive text: Comprehensive, well-written and sure to be a winner. Radvansky provides a great blend of classic and contemporary research and the pedagogical features built into the book will be helpful for students." - Henry L. Roediger III, Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A.