Short-term Visual Information Forgetting (PLE: Memory)

By A.H.C. van der Heijden

© 2014 – Psychology Press

240 pages

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pub: 2014-04-23
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About the Book

When this title was originally published in 1981, the information processing approach to perception and memory was dominant in experimental psychology, and the research reported here had major implications for future development. After exploring the shortcomings of earlier work in this field, the author develops a new model which he shows to be capable of accounting for a variety of experimental data connected with human information processing, visual perception and attention.

The central theme which is discussed is how we select relevant and discard irrelevant information. The basic assumption is that all incoming information is identified, that is, it reaches and activates the appropriate lexical entries. A piece of identified information is described as a unit consisting of three distinguishable codes: a visual code, a lexical or semantic code and a motor or action code. Identified information decays fast, so selective attention operates by selecting those units which have to be saved from this rapid decay. In a sense, therefore, the human information processor is described as struggling against forgetting.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Figures. Tables. Author’s Note. Introduction. 1. Whole Report as a Function of Exposure Duration. 2. The Processing of Multi-Element Visual Displays 3. The Selection of Information Within a Fixation 4. The ‘Stroop Test’ and the ‘Modified Visual Probe Experiments’ 5. The Logogen Model and the Stroop Phenomenon 6. A Tentative Model for Performance in the ‘Modified Stroop Test’ 7. Further Speculations and Reinterpretations. Bibliography. 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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY008000
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSY040000
PSYCHOLOGY / Experimental Psychology