Memory 101

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Memory 101

SKU# 9780826109248

Author: James Michael Lampinen PhD, Denise R. Beike PhD

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Contemporary research has found that memory is much more than the process for recalling information that has been learned and retainedóit is a rich, nuanced process that is an important part of every human activity. This highly readable foundational text provides an overview of the theories and research on human memory from a psychological perspective. Grounded in the premise that all psychological processes depend on memory, and that memory is shaped by the functions it serves, the authors look at a wide range of memory processes and discuss the major theories that have been developed to explain how it functions.

This book describes the major structural and functional theories that guide our understanding of memory. The authors then focus on everyday functions of memory, including memorizing things, remembering to do things (prospective memory), and recalling how to do things, such as skills, procedures, and navigation. Disorders of memory including Alzheimer's and amnesia are examined along with exceptional memory skills, such as the phenomenon of individuals with highly superior autobiographical memory. The book also addresses the intriguing and controversial topics of repressed and recovered memories, the validity of memory in courtroom testimony, and the effects of remembering traumatic events. Illustrative examples, metaphors, and humor make for a text that is engaging and entertaining, resulting in a valuable, concise introduction for students.

Key Features:

  • Provides a concise, easy-to-read, yet scientifically based survey of theory and current research on memory
  • Grounded in the concept that memory is foundational to all psychological processes and human experience
  • Covers controversial and intriguing topics including repressed and recovered memories, memory in legal testimony, amnesia, and the phenomenon of super memory
  • Explores the myths and realities surrounding memory loss

The Psych 101 Series

Short, reader-friendly introductions to cutting-edge topics in psychology. With key concepts, controversial topics, and fascinating accounts of up-to-the-minute research, The Psych 101 Series is a valuable resource for all students of psychology and anyone interested in the field.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 25, 2014
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826109248
  • EISBN 9780826109255

Table of Contents 


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Chapter 1 Everything Is Memory

Chapter 2 Nuts and Bolts: The Basics of Your Memory

Chapter 3 Memory Illusions

Chapter 4 Who Done It? Memory and Eyewitness Identification

Chapter 5 Remembering to Take the Cupcakes Out of the Oven: Prospective Memory

Chapter 6 That's the Story of My Life: The Autobiographical Memory System

Chapter 7 Frozen in Time: Traumatic Memories

Chapter 8 Memory Loss: Amnesia and Other Memory Disorders

Chapter 9 Memory Is Everything: Having Superior Memory