The science and practice of memory come to life with Bennett Schwartz' Memory, Second Edition. Integrated coverage of cognitive psychology and neuroscience throughout the text connect theory and research to the areas in the brain where memory processes occur, while unique applications of memory concepts to such areas as education, investigations, and courtrooms engage students in an exploration of how memory works in everyday life. Four themes create a framework for the text: the active nature of learning and remembering; memory's status as a biological process; the multiple components of memory systems; and how memory principles can improve our individual ability to learn and remember. Substantive changes in each chapter and 156 new references bring this new edition completely up to date and offer students an array of high-interest examples for augmenting their own memory abilities and appreciation of memory science.
1. Introduction to the Study of Memory
2. Memory and the Brain
3. Working Memory
4. Episodic Memory
5. Semantic and Lexical Memory
6. Visual Memory
7. Autobiographical Memory
8. False Memory
10. Memory Disorders
11. Memory in Childhood
12. Memory in Older Adults
13. Memory Improvement and Learning Efficiency: A User’s Guide
The memory course at our university is for students in their final bachelor year. Although the topics are comparable to what we teach, the level of the discussion in the book is too superficial for our course. More theoretical issues such as the nature of iconic memory (and what it is useful for), the process dissociation method for implicit memory, the mirror effect in recognition memory, and many others, are not even mentioned. On the positive side, the book is well written and would be quite suitable for a beginning-level course on memory (or a course for non-psychology students).
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