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Memory Quirks
The Study of Odd Phenomena in Memory

ISBN 9780367278052
Published May 6, 2020 by Routledge
354 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.