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Working Memory in Development

Working Memory in Development

1st Edition

Valérie Camos, Pierre Barrouillet
March 09, 2018

Working memory is the system responsible for the temporary maintenance and processing of information involved in most cognitive activities, and its study is essential to the understanding of cognitive development. Working Memory in Development provides an integrative and thorough account of how...

The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Déjà Vu

The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Déjà Vu

1st Edition

Chris Moulin
September 11, 2017

Déjà vu is one of the most complex and subjective of all memory phenomena. It is an infrequent and striking mental experience, where the feeling of familiarity is combined with the knowledge that this feeling is false. While until recently it was an aspect of memory largely overlooked by mainstream...

Extraordinary Memories for Exceptional Events

Extraordinary Memories for Exceptional Events

1st Edition

Stephen R. Schmidt
August 15, 2017

Not all memories are created equal. Our memories for some very exceptional events seem to stand out in our minds, and as such they may form the very core of who we are. Perhaps you have a vivid recollection of a fateful day, an unforgettable face, or a hilarious joke. This book summarizes theories...

The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification

The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification

1st Edition

James Michael Lampinen, Jeffrey S. Neuschatz, Andrew D. Cling
June 07, 2017

This volume provides a tutorial review and evaluation of scientific research on the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identification. The book starts with the perspective that there are a variety of conceptual and empirical problems with eyewitness identification as a form of forensic...

Saying, Seeing and Acting: The Psychological Semantics of Spatial Prepositions

Saying, Seeing and Acting: The Psychological Semantics of Spatial Prepositions

1st Edition

Kenny R. Coventry, Simon C. Garrod
June 25, 2015

Our use of spatial prepositions carries an implicit understanding of the functional relationships both between objects themselves and human interaction with those objects.This is the thesis rigorously explicated in Saying, Seeing and Acting. It aims to account not only for our theoretical...

Visuo-spatial Working Memory and Individual Differences

Visuo-spatial Working Memory and Individual Differences

1st Edition

Cesare Cornoldi, Tomaso Vecchi
June 25, 2015

In this timely and comprehensive text, Cesare Cornoldi and Tomaso Vecchi describe their recently developed experimental approach to the investigation of visuo-spatial cognition, based upon the analysis of individual differences. A review of the most influential theoretical advances in the study of...

Superportraits: Caricatures and Recognition

Superportraits: Caricatures and Recognition

1st Edition

Gillian Rhodes
June 25, 2015

As Nixon's unpopularity increased during Watergate, his nose and jowls grew to impossible proportions in published caricatures. Yet the caricatures remained instantly recognizable. Caricatures can even be superportraits, with the paradoxical quality of being more like the face than the face...

Principles of Memory

Principles of Memory

1st Edition

Aimée M. Surprenant, Ian Neath
June 23, 2015

In over 100 years of scientific research on human memory, and nearly 50 years after the so-called cognitive revolution, we have nothing that really constitutes a widely accepted and frequently cited law of memory, and perhaps only one generally accepted principle. The purpose of this monograph is...

Hypothetical Thinking: Dual Processes in Reasoning and Judgement

Hypothetical Thinking: Dual Processes in Reasoning and Judgement

1st Edition

Jonathan St. B. T. Evans
May 08, 2015

Hypothetical thought involves the imagination of possibilities and the exploration of their consequences by a process of mental simulation. Using a recently developed theoretical framework called Hypothetical Thinking Theory, Jonathan St. B. T. Evans provides an integrated theoretical account of a...

Working Memory: Loss and reconstruction

Working Memory: Loss and reconstruction

1st Edition

Pierre Barrouillet, Valérie Camos
September 24, 2014

Working memory is the cognitive system in charge of the temporary maintenance of information in view of its on-going processing. Lying at the centre of cognition, it has become a key concept in psychological science. The book presents a critical review and synthesis of the working memory literature...

The Deja Vu Experience

The Deja Vu Experience

1st Edition

Alan S. Brown
June 09, 2014

Most of us have been perplexed by a strange sense of familiarity when doing something for the first time. We feel that we have been here before, or done this before, but know for sure that this is impossible. In fact, according to numerous surveys, about two-thirds of us have experienced déj&...

Working Memory Capacity

Working Memory Capacity

1st Edition

Nelson Cowan
June 09, 2014

The idea of one's memory "filling up" is a humorous misconception of how memory in general is thought to work; it is actually has no capacity limit. However, the idea of a "full brain" makes more sense with reference to working memory, which is the limited amount of information a person can hold...

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