Models of Memory: Why So Many? Why So Limited?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 755-756. This is the fifth book published in the series “Studies in Cognition,” which seeks to provide state-of-the-art overviews of research combining experimental psychology with computational modeling and cognitive neuroscience. The book (see record 1997-36567-000) is organized in six sections covering the topics of short-term memory, conceptual knowledge, mental models, autobiographical memory, neurobiology, and age-related changes in memory. The focus of these chapters is on the problem of how the mind represents reality initially and then manages to retain and reconstruct these representations. Chapters are organized around the critical question of just how plausible and valid various models of memory are in light of the empirical evidence in the area of research concerned. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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