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Author Humphreys, Michael S., author

Title Thinking about human memory / Michael S. Humphreys, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Australia, Kerry A. Chalmers, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, Australia
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 227 pages)
Contents Overview of how to analyze memory tasks -- Analysing the goals of a task -- The importance of thinking about cues and targets -- Theoretical analyses involving the use of information and its complexity -- Opportunity for learning -- The discrimination problems posed by different memory tasks -- Controlling human memory -- Episodic memory -- Conclusions
Summary Thinking About Human Memory provides a novel analytical approach to understanding memory that considers the goals of the memory task, the cues and information available, the opportunity to learn, and interference from irrelevant information (noise). Each of the five chapters describing this approach introduces historical ideas and demonstrates how current thinking both differs from and is derived from them. These chapters also contain analyses of current problems designed to demonstrate the power of the approach. In a subsequent chapter, the authors discuss how memory is controlled by the environment, by others, and by ourselves, and then apply their insights to the problem solving of children, our hominin ancestors, and scrub jays. Finally, the questions of how to define episodic memory and how to investigate phylogenetic and developmental changes in memory are addressed. This book will appeal to memory researchers, including applied researchers, and advanced students
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-223) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Memory.
Memory -- physiology.
Form Electronic book
Author Chalmers, Kerry A., author
ISBN 1316091929 (electronic bk.)
1316533654 (electronic bk.)
9781316091920 (electronic bk.)
9781316533659 (electronic bk.)