The Act of Remembering. Toward an Understanding of How We Recall the Past. New Perspectives in Cognitive Psychology

  • ID: 2245957
  • Book
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Remembering is arguably the most important aspect of memory. However, after more than 100 years of memory research, it remains far from fully understood. Furthermore, elements of the process of retrieval––such as the difference between voluntary and involuntary recall––remain a mystery.

This volume expands the understanding of autobiographical remembering and draws attention to hitherto neglected areas of research. It offers a number of theoretical views, tackling key questions such as functionality, the problem of volition, and the larger role of consciousness. It covers the methodology used to study retrieval, pointing out advances, limitations, and future challenges in the field. Contributors discuss topics such as retrieval inhibition, the role of repetition in future recall, and intrusive memories in individuals with post–traumatic stress disorder and depression.

The Act of Remembering is the first volume devoted solely to autobiographical memory retrieval, and brings together contributions from leading researchers from around the world. It serves as a primer for the field, as well as a roadmap that will guide present and future researchers  as they continue to solve the problem of remembering.

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Part I: Introduction.

1. The act of remembering the past: An overview (John H. Mace, Eastern Illinois University).

2. From diaries to brain scans: Methodological developments in the investigation of autobiographical memory (Christopher Ball, College of William & Mary).

Part II: Theories and Reviews of Involuntary and Voluntary Remembering.

3. Involuntary remembering and voluntary remembering: How different are they? (John H. Mace, Eastern Illinois University).

4. Accessing autobiographical memories (Martin Conway, University of Leeds, and Catherine Loveday, University of Westminster).

5. Involuntary and voluntary memory sequencing phenomena: An interesting puzzle for the study of autobiographical memory organization and retrieval (Jennifer Talarico, Lafayette College, and John H. Mace, Eastern Illinois University).

6. Spontaneous retrieval is the norm: What integrative models tell us about human consciousness and memory (Stan Franklin, University of Memphis, and Bernard J. Baars, The Neurosciences Institute).

7. Priming, automatic recollection, and control of retrieval: Toward an integrative retrieval architecture (Alan Richardson–Klavehn, Otto von Guericke University).

Part III: Broader Issues in the Science of Remembering.

8. Understanding autobiographical remembering from a spreading activation perspective (John H. Mace, Eastern Illinois University)

9. Retrieval Inhibition in Autobiographical Memory (Bernhard Pastötter and Karl–Heinz Bäuml).

10. The role of visual perspective in autobiographical memory retrieval (Heather J. Rice, Washington University in St. Louis).

11. The emergence of recollection: How we learn to recall ourselves in the past (Robyn Fivush and Patricia J. Bauer, Emory University).

12. You get what you need: The psychosocial functions of remembering (Susan Bluck, University of Florida, Nicole Alea, University of the West Indies, and Burcu Demiray, University of Florida).

Part IV: Theories of Abnormal Remembering.

13. Exploring pathological recall in involuntary retrieval in Post–traumatic Stress Disorder from an information processing perspective: Intrusive images of trauma (Julie Krans, Radboud University, Marcella L. Woud, Radboud University, Gérard Näring, Radboud University, Eni S. Becker, Radboud University, and Emily A. Holmes, Warneford Hospital).

14. Unwanted traumatic intrusions: The role of pre–trauma individual differences in executive control (Johan Verwoerd and Ineke Wessel, University of Groningen).

15. The content, nature and persistence of intrusive memories in depression (Alishia D. Williams and Michelle L. Moulds, University of New South Wales).

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"All in all, this is a serious book about a most fascinating subject. What do you wish you could remember or forget?." ( , 1 March 2011)
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