Memory Distortions and Their Prevention

Memory Distortions and Their Prevention

Memory Distortions and Their Prevention

Memory Distortions and Their Prevention


This volume explores the well-documented phenomena of memory distortion in a variety of settings, as well as how it can be ameliorated or prevented altogether. The editors have recruited some of the very best researchers in the applied cognitive field to address these issues. These authors examine distortion from several angles: fuzzy trace theory, face identification, memory deficits with age, collaborative influences on distortion, sociocultural influences on memory, retention of procedural and declarative information, and ignorance of medical and other information. The final chapter addresses the issue of cognitive technology, in general. Because of the surge of interest in applied cognitive psychology and in the memory distortion issue in particular, this book will be valuable to many applied and basic researchers.


Douglas Herrmann

This volume is the first in a series devoted to showcasing state-of-the-art applied research in memory and cognition. The series was conceived at the first meeting of the Society for Applied Research on Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), held at the 1994 Practical Aspects of Memory Conference. Those in attendance at this meeting recognized that efforts to apply cognitive psychology are growing at a fast rate. They also recognized that applications of cognitive psychology to real-world problems of society offer important, often novel solutions. The new SARMAC needed to develop more publications to serve the growing and stimulating interest in applied research.

Applied Cognitive Psychology, SARMAC's official journal, is well respected for providing an excellent outlet for articles about potential and actual applications of cognitive psychology. However, because of the substantial increase in interest in applied cognitive research, additional outlets are essential. Specifically, a form of publication is needed that would permit a more extensive examination of findings than usually is possible in a journal article. Indeed, it is desirable to have a form of publication that would permit concentrated attention from several researchers to particular research questions. Journals, such as Applied Cognitive Psychology, can be expected to periodically provide issues on a specific theme, but journals usually cannot present thematic issues because of their obligation to provide regular publication of refereed articles. Also, because of limitations on page length, journals are usually restricted to thematic issues concerning narrow topics or less than an in-depth examination of a broad topic.

Accordingly, SARMAC decided that applied cognitive researchers need a book series wherein each book would be devoted to cutting-edge applied-

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