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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 38–40. Reviews the book, Foundations of Learning and Memory by Roger M. Tarpy and Richard E. Mayer (see record 1979-00299-000). The aim of this book is to present the basic findings and major theories of learning to readers with little background in the area. The strength of the book is that it covers a broad and representative range of phenomena, with sufficiently detailed presentation of individual experiments to convey some appreciation of the logic and practice of experimentation. The main weakness of the book is that there are too few attempts to relate the phenomena to each other in any intergrated theoretical way. It is my impression that the animal research was more thoroughly surveyed than the human research, with more critical appraisal of theories and more representative sampling of contemporary research. A commendable feature of the animal section is that the authors make a concerted effort to relate the esoteric findings to “real” life. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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