Learning and Memory: The Current Situation in the Science

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 154–155. Reviews the book, Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory edited by Larry R. Squire (1992). The content of the Encyclopedia is impressively up-to-date. Only about 15 percent of two different haphazard samples of 230 references each cited by various authors are to materials published before 1970. That feature has a cost. Inevitably coverage of earlier work is skimpy. Such omissions convey the impression that psychology is even less cumulative and more fragmented than it is. The most serious weakness of the Encyclopedia is related: the underemphasis of motivation. Although it comes up incidentally in a few of the entries, there is no specific treatment of the topic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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