A British View of Memory

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 720–721. Reviews the book, The Psychology of Memory by Alan D. Baddeley (1976). The book opens with a chapter introducing the traditions of Ebbinghaus and of Bartlett. This chapter is followed by discussions of input limitations on memory, organized around the total time hypothesis and its limitations. Here some classical work is reviewed, including the distribution of practice in the applied task of learning touch typewriting. The book is somewhat uneven, there being, I think, a greater attention to brief memories than to long-term memory. Baddeley finds only short-term and long-term memories for the kinesthetic and tactile modalities and only long-term memory for olfaction. This distribution of attention reflects his own interests, as he willingly admits in indicating that his book is a personal account of work on memory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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