Prospective Memory: Cognitive, Neuroscience, Developmental, and Applied Perspectives (Anglais) Relié – 20 décembre 2007
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Over the last decade, the topic of prospective memory – the encoding, storage and delayed retrieval of intended actions – has attracted much interest, and this is reflected in a rapidly growing body of literature: 350 scientific articles have been published on this topic since the appearance of the first edited book in 1996. In addition to the quantity, the quality and diversity of approaches to research in the field has also developed rapidly.
Prospective Memory provides an accessible, integrated guide to the expanded literature on the topic. While many of the authors also contributed to the 1996 book and can be regarded as the founders of current prospective memory research, other contributions come from authors who are relatively new to the field and who are examining broader aspects of prospective memory and, as a result, extending our understanding of it. Besides more generally reviewing the expanded literature, all authors have been encouraged to consider future directions for research and to raise questions that they believe all researchers in this area will need to address. The book is divided into four sections that together provide a broad and deep introduction to the cognitive, neuroscience, developmental, and applied aspects of prospective memory. Following the model of the first prospective memory volume, prominent memory researchers evaluate the papers in each section and comment more generally on the state of prospective memory research in the four major areas targeted.
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It is an outstanding book. An advanced psych student or professor would *looove* this text. It recognizes its fatal flaw is the disconnect between research conducted at the universities and by the psychologists and how we operate in the world. But good science requires good basic research and this text is a fine example of an anthology of essays written by prominent researchers and theoreticians. There is plenty here for the policy wonk, too, if you can handle the science.
The neuroscience section is particularly strong. The cognitive section is very good too. The leading theories of prospective memory are presented fairly for the reader to choose. The various authors make clear their own preferences. The book is somewhat collaborative in that the writers of the essays have clearly read drafts of other writers, and they therefore modify their own commentary to address these other authors. It's an artificial technique, but it gives the book some cohesion.
The book's central theme seems to be the "age retrospective memory paradox." In artificial lab settings, age differences do present themselves in tests of prospective memory; however, when more naturalistic methods are used they do better then younger people. It is the one type of memory that seems to improve, not degenerate, with age. Younger people tend to develop more complicated and elaborate plans to achieve their goals than do seniors.
The time period of the references covered is from the late 1990s to about 2006. Some of its implementation sections were laughable because they referred to PDAs which have been out of favor for years. If anything, that's my major criticism of this book: its timeliness. A decade has passed. The world has really moved on! In all fairness this review was written in April 2016 and the paperback version was published in May 2015. The original hardback has a 2012 copyright date, so I'm writing a critique of a book that has been on the shelves for four years!
However, the authors of the essays have not been quiescent since publication of Prospective Memory. All have continued active research and publishing. Those lucky enough to have access to an academic library can see what Messrs Kliegel and McDaniel and Einstein and Co. are up to these days while the rest of the world has to await. I sincerely hope plans are already being made to publish an update to this book because the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology are developing so quickly these days.
In spite of everything, even in 2016 I think the scientists have failed to come out of the lab. Their work continues to focus almost exclusively on artificial settings rather than naturalistic ones. The applied section was the weakest in the book. It had a good chapter on medication adherence and an eye opening chapter on airline flying, but it still failed to connect with "the real world."
In any event, I heartily endorse this book because I learned a great deal from it. Its limitations simply need to be acknowledged. One should not buy this book book expecting a kind and gentle introduction to the fascinating and very important subject of prospective memory. Expect instead to walk into the middle of a storm of an academic debate about the meaning of what it is that they are studying!