Remembering Learning

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 372–374. Reviews the book, The Psychology of Learning and Memory by Douglas L. Hintzman (1978). Hintzman's book is written in a clear and traditional style, it is admirably suited to undergraduate courses in the area denoted by the book's title. What we have here is almost two books in one; the first covering animal learning, the second, human memory. The chapter headings are very illuminating. Following three excellent chapters containing historical and introductory material, it has four main chapters on learning. The “second” book consists of five chapters on human memory, starting with a description of what the more cynically minded consider to be the area's most tangible accomplishment: its vast collection of laboratory paradigms The following four chapters offer one of the best introductory accounts of the experimental study of human memory currently available. Taken as a whole, the book's distinctive strength is that it combines sound scholarship with a clear and interesting style of presentation. The major ingredient in Hintzman's recipe is the historical perspective that pervades the book. He has produced a text that should prove more durable than most. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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