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The Processing of Memories (PLE: Memory)

Forgetting and Retention, 1st Edition

By Norman E. Spear

Psychology Press

554 pages

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Originally published in 1978, this volume contains the evidence that is most crucial for our understanding the processes of forgetting and retention. Organized in terms of problem areas and issues that are particularly pertinent to understanding these processes, the book deals with both animal and human studies. The author begins by defining the topic and reviewing its historical development. A theoretical orientation follows, and then the author begins to address the major factors that determine what is, and what is not, remembered. Although we cannot yet specify the principles from which we can predict when an episode, once learned, will be remembered well or forgotten entirely, the author demonstrates that such principles are not that far away. He considers the issues that must be resolved before such principles are established, and in the course of doing so covers the major research on why we remember events and why they are forgotten.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction and Historical Perspective 2. Contextual Determinants of Retention 3. Retention after Short Intervals 4. Analysis of Sources of Forgetting Affecting Long-Term Retention 5. Further Sources of Forgetting and Related Issues 6. The Abnormal Processing of Memories 7. Experimental Analysis of Amnesia and Hypermnesia 8. Three Major Issues 9. Brief Comments on Selected Issues. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

Psychology Library Editions: Memory

Memory is one of the core areas of academic research in cognitive psychology. Psychology Library Editions: Memory brings together a series of previously out-of-print titles, available as a 27-volume set or as individual volumes. The authors come from diverse backgrounds and many of them are now leading experts in their fields. The majority of titles were originally published in the 1970s and 1980s and reflect early research in a number of key areas. The volumes cover topics such as memory development in children; memory and aging; memory and thinking; memory and language; working memory; and memory disorders, to name but a few. This is a great opportunity to obtain a valuable resource tracing the development of a major field of psychology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology