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Explaining Memory Failure

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August 2020 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Forgetting is the most obvious feature of human memory, whether this is everyday forgetfulness, like leaving your keys at home, or more serious medical conditions, such as amnesia. Forgetting: Explaining Memory Failure uses the most up-to-date evidence available to examine the psychological processes behind these extremes and everything in between. It explores why we have so little recollection of our childhood lives, as well as why we may create false memories of events that never happened. 

In this book, Michael Eysenck & David Groome use cutting-edge research to examine one of the central issues in the study of memory: forgetting. It challenges assumptions about the processing of memory, offering insights into key debates, as well as providing readers with the critical skills to develop their own conclusions on the topic. With chapters from leading figures, this book also emphasises the positive aspects of forgetting, an important and often overlooked area in the field.


Michael Eysenck & David Groome
Chapter 1: Introduction
Harlene Hayne & Jane Herbert
Chapter 2: Childhood forgetting
Martin Conway
Chapter 3: Autobiographical forgetting
Coral Dando
Chapter 4: Eyewitness forgetting
Michael Scullin, Seth Koslov & Jarrod Lewis-Peacock
Chapter 5: Prospective memory forgetting
John F. Kihlstrom
Chapter 6: Post-hypnotic amnesia
Melissa C. Duff & Neal J. Cohen
Chapter 7: Organic Amnesia
Karl-Heinz Bäuml, Magdalena Abel & Oliver Kliegl
Chapter 8: Retrieval Inhibition
David Groome & Michael Eysenck
Chapter 9: Motivated Forgetting

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