Structures and Images
- Mary B. Howes - State University of New York, Oneonta
Biological Bases of Learning & Memory | Learning | Memory
"Howes' new textbook, Human Memory, offers a thorough and expansive introduction to the science of remembering and forgetting. With highly accessible prose, Howes keeps the student clearly in mind as she deftly weaves together traditional and novel approaches to memory research. Unlike any other memory textbook on the market . . . it looks to be a definite winner in the classroom."
—James S. Nairne, Purdue University
Presented in a clear and accessible format, Human Memory: Structures and Images offers students a comprehensive overview of research in human memory. Providing a theoretical background for the research, author Mary B. Howes covers three major areas—mainstream experimental research; naturalistic research; and work in the domains of the amnesias, malfunctions of memory, and neuroscience.
- Presents extensive coverage of naturalistic research: Areas of current naturalistic research, such as eyewitness testimony and courtroom procedures, are included, as are the functioning of memory under atypical or abnormal conditions and traumatic and repressed memories.
- Emphasizes the constructivist position: Offering greater coverage than other books on this model of memory, this text also examines the debate between constructivist and nonconstructivist theories.
- Offers two chapters online on computers and memory: Chapter 1 on computer functioning simulation of memory and Chapter 2 on computer models of long-term memory are easily accessed online. See Human Memory in our online catalog at www.sagepub.com and click on "Sample Materials" to view these chapters.
- Supplies instructors with thoughtfully crafted support material: An Instructor's Resources CD-ROM, including PowerPoint slides, study quizzes, test items, and worksheets, is available to all qualified adopters.
This text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Memory, Human Memory, Memory and Cognition, and Memory and Forgetting.
"Human Memory is an important text in memory science. It is expansive and in-depth, covering topics of theoretical importance and practical implication. The complete coverage allows a professor to teach the important theory that all students must be familiar with as well as many of the most contemporary issues in memory science."
"Human Memory is truly comprehensive. It covers the essentials of memory as well as many theoretical perspectives. I look forward to assigning this book to my Learning and Memory class."
The text was comprehensive but not overbearing. The author struck the right balance between the basic principles and specific details as they related to memory and learning.