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1st Edition

Theories of Animal Memory

ISBN 9780898596977
Published April 1, 1986 by Psychology Press
224 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1986. This book is concerned with the transition of animal learning from a strict stimulus-response (S-R) approach to a more cognitive approach. In response to noted past research that was guided by some perspective or theoretical framework based partly on a combination of research results and individual opinions about what animals can do. This volume was thus conceived as a collection of chapters in which animal memory researchers could publicly state their opinions about animal memory, with little concern for substantiating them with test data. This volume is organized in three main sections of three chapters each. The first section, The Grand Approach, is a collection of chapters with a meta-theoretical perspective. The second section, Memory Processes, presents three chapters concerned with the processes, properties, and mechanisms of short-term memory in animals. The third section, Theoretical Issues, presents two highly developed theories of animal memory, one based on pigeon short-term memory experiments and one based on delayed alternation in the rat

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Grand Approach; Chapter 1 Tactics of Comparative Cognition, H. L. Roitblat, R. G. Weisman; Chapter 2 Comparative Cognition: A General Processes Approach, Mark E. Rilling, Julie J. Neiworth; Chapter 3 “Retention” of S-R in the Midst of the Cognitive Invasion, M. Ray Denny; Part 2 Memory Processes; Chapter 4 Prospection and Retrospection as Processes of Animal Short-Term Memory, Edward A. Wasserman; Chapter 5 Anticipation and Intention in Working Memory, Werner K. Honig, Peter W. D. Dodd; Chapter 6 Proactive Interference in Animal Memory, Anthony A. Wright, Peter J. Urcuioli, Stephen F. Sands; Part 3 Theoretical Issues; Chapter 7 AIM: A Theory of Active and Inactive Memory, Donald F. Kendrick, Mark E. Rilling; Chapter 8 Delayed Alternation and Short-Term Memory in the Rat, Douglas S. Grant; Chapter 9 Memory Theories: Past, Present, and Projected, Douglas L. Medin, Gerald I. Dewey;

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Donald F. Kendrick Middle Tennessee State University , Mark E. Rilliing, M. Ray Denny both Michigan State University.


"...the book is a must read for serious students of animal memory and comparative cognition."
Contemporary Psychology