Originally published in 1986, this book was written for undergraduates who had completed an introductory course in psychology, and aimed to acquaint the student with the core of recent experimental findings and theoretical ideas concerning human memory. Each chapter deals with a specific area of memory research but care is taken to build on what has been covered in preceding chapters, so providing an integrated treatment of the subject. Thus, the book can comfortably be read from cover to cover, or selected issues can be referred to in isolation.
Important features of the book include discussion of fundamental issues about the nature of the scientific process, the role of models and theories in it, and the historical development of models of human memory. Also, the treatment of ‘Forgetting’ includes chapters on motivational aspects (psychopathological forgetting, post-hypnotic amnesia, and directed forgetting), and organic amnesia.
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Visual Memory 3. Auditory Memory 4. Short-Term Verbal Memory 5. Encoding in Long-Term Storage 6. Retrieval 7. Motivated Forgetting 8. Organic Amnesias 9. Development of Memory. Appendix. Bibliography. Author Index. Subject Index.