Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field

Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field

by Mark A. McDaniel, Gilles O. Einstein

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While there are many books on retrospective memory, or remembering past events, Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field is the first authored text to provide a straightforward and integrated foundation to the scientific study of memory for actions to be performed in the future. Authors Mark A. McDaniel and Gilles O. Einstein present an accessible overview and synthesis of the theoretical and empirical work in this emerging field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483316895
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Mark A. McDaniel (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1980) is a Professor of Psychology at Washington University. He conducts research on human learning and memory and particularly on prospective memory and memory and aging. One unifying theme in his research is the investigation of factors and processes that lead to memory and learning failures. McDaniel has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and edited books and is a leader in the field of prospective memory, with over two million dollars in grant support from NIH and NASA for memory and cognition research. He is a Fellow of Divisions 3 (Experimental Psychology) and 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a member of the Scientific and Program Committee for the Second and Third European Workshops on Imagery and Cognition, the past Associate Editor for two memory journals, including Associate Editor for five years for the flagship journal in memory, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, and currently is an Action Editor for Cognitive Psychology. He is a past President of the Rocky Mountain Psychology Association and is invited to talk on memory throughout the world, both to scientific audiences and to lay audiences of senior groups.

Gilles O. Einstein (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1977) is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Furman University. His research specialty is memory and aging, specifically aging and prospective memory, the roles of distinctive information and organization in memory, and mnemonic devices. He is a Fellow in Divisions 3 (Experimental Psychology) and 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association and also a member of the American Psychological Society and the Psychonomic Society. Einstein has over 65 published articles, book chapters, and edited books and, along with Mark McDaniel, is considered a leader in the field of prospective memory. He provides reviews for many journals on research in memory and is a past member of the editorial boards of two leading journals in memory. In addition to his reputation as a researcher, he has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with the Meritorious Teaching Award at Furman University, where nearly all of his research is done in collaboration with undergraduate students. (His enthusiasm for his work with students may be seen in the photo album he keeps on his university web page.)

Table of Contents

1. Prospective Memory: A New Research Enterprise
What is a Prospective Memory Task?
Scientific Study of Prospective Memory
2. Monitoring in Prospective Memory
Attentional Monitoring
Preparatory Attentional Processes
To Monitor or Not to Monitor: When is the Question
3. Spontaneous Retrieval in Prospective Remembering
Costs of Prospective Memory: Always Present?
Spontaneous Retrieval
Spontaneous Retrieval as a Reflexive Associative Memory Process
Spontaneous Noticing
Chapter 4. Multiprocess Theory of Prospective Memory
An Advantage of the Multiprocess Theory
Multiprocess Theory
Parameters of the Ongoing Task
Parameters of Prospective Memory Cues
Importance of the Prospective Memory Task
Individual Differences and Intra-Individual Differences
5. Storage and Retention of Intended Actions
Goschke and Kuhl’s Paradigm
Extending the Intention Superiority Effect
Retention of Intended Actions Over Time: Immune to Forgetting?
Retrieval of Intentions During the Retention Interval
6. Planning and Encoding of Intentions
Implementation Intentions
Individual Differences
7. Prospective Memory and Life Span Development
Prospective Memory in Children
Prospective Memory in Older Adults
Summary and Observations
8. Cognitive Neuroscience of Prospective Memory
The Neuropsychology of Prospective Memory
Neuroimaging and Prospective Memory
Event-Related Brain Potentials (ERPs)
Summary and Future Directions
9. Prospective Memory as it Applies to Work and Naturalistic Settings
General Recommendations for Improving Prospective Memory
An Analysis of a Prospective Memory Failure as Possible Interventions
Limitations of Generalizing to Applied and Natural Settings on the Basis of Existing Laboratory Experiments
Non-laboratory Methods for Investigating Prospective Memory
External Reminding Devices
10. Final Thoughts

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