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Memory Quirks The Study of Odd Phenomena in Memory

Edited By Anne M. Cleary, Bennett L. Schwartz Copyright 2020
    354 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Memory Quirks explores the odd phenomena that challenge and upend our traditional understanding of human memory.

    Theory in memory research was developed to explain basic processes such as encoding and retrieval, recognition and recall, and semantic and episodic memory. However, the peculiar memory phenomena that we all occasionally experience often contradict standard theories of memory processing. Featuring research from leading international academics, Memory Quirks examines such topics as déjà vu, insight and creativity in memory, memory for past meals, the presque vu phenomenon, tip-of-the-tongue states, unconscious plagiarism, and borrowed, stolen, and long-term implicit memory. It also explains why these phenomena are important to understanding the entire spectrum of human memory.

    This fascinating book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, cognitive psychology and metamemory researchers, and those who wish to broaden their understanding of the complexities of memory.


    Quirks of Autobiographical Memory

    Chapter 1: Autobiographical editing: Revising our Personal Past

    Alan S. Brown, Lindy M. Fields, Katie Croft Cadero, Mike Chmielewski,

    Deanna Denman & Elizabeth J. Marsh

    Chapter 2: Quirks in Autobiographical Memory

    Bogdan Kostic & Ari L. Cunningham

    Chapter 3: Broadening the Autobiographical Record to Include Memories of Fiction

    Elizabeth J. Marsh & Brenda W. Yang

    Chapter 4: Eating the Memories

    W. Robert Batsell, Jr.

    Chapter 5: Blocked and Recovered Memories

    Steven M. Smith & Zsolt Beda

    Quirks of Our Knowledge and Awareness of Our Own Memories

    Chapter 6: When More is Less: Cue Depreciation in Memory

    Zehra F. Peynircioğlu

    Chapter 7: The Charming Quirks of Implicit Memory

    David B. Mitchell

    Chapter 8: Negative Effects of Repetition and Testing

    Neil W. Mulligan

    Chapter 9: When and Why We (Sometimes) Forget Really Important Things

    Alan D. Castel & Matthew G. Rhodes

    Chapter 10: Fluency Illusions in Metamemory

    Monika Undorf

    Chapter 11: Knowing More or Thinking that You Know More? Context-dependent Illusions of Knowing

    Katarzyna Zawadzka & Maciej Hanczakowski

    Quirky Sensations of Memory

    Chapter 12: Memory Under the SEA (Subjective Experience of Agency)

    Zachary J. Bucknoff & Janet Metcalfe

    Chapter 13: Tip-of-the-tongue States: Past and Future

    Bennett L. Schwartz & Ali Pournaghadi

    Chapter 14: The Butcher on the Bus Experience

    Alan S. Brown

    Chapter 15: Partial Retrieval is a Distinct yet Infrequent Phenomenon in Human Memory

    Khrista K. Doshier & Anthony J. Ryals

    Chapter 16: The Déjà vu Phenomenon’s Entry into the Realm of Science

    Anne M. Cleary, Andrew M. Huebert, & Katherine L. McNeely-White

    Chapter 17: Converging on an Understanding of the Déjà vu Experience

    Courtney B.A. Aitken & Akira R. O’Connor

    Chapter 18: Repetition, or Déjà vu and Embodied Consciousness

    Joseph Neisser



    Anne M. Cleary is Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. She does research on human memory processes, metamemory, and metacognition. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Memory and Language and writes a blog at Psychology Today called ‘Quirks of Memory.'

    Bennett L. Schwartz is Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. He conducts research on metamemory and human memory, as well as a variety of other interesting topics. He is Editor-in-Chief of New Ideas in Psychology and Associate Editor of Metacognition and Learning.