Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research

Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research

Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research

Intersections in Basic and Applied Memory Research


In recent years there has been increasing interaction between basic and applied memory researchers, ranging from heated debates to highly productive collaborations. This collection of papers -- based on presentations at the Third Practical Aspects of Memory conference -- reviews the progress, as well as obstacles to progress, in the ongoing collaboration between basic and applied memory researchers.

This volume represents the state of the art in memory research domains that straddle the basic-applied divide. The text is organized around three themes, including theoretical and metatheoretical issues concerning the interaction of basic and applied memory research, laboratory investigation of real world memory problems, and solutions of everyday problems using theoretical concepts derived from basic memory research. The first section illustrates why collaboration between basic and applied memory researchers should be beneficial and provides guidelines for avoiding some of the pitfalls. The second and third sections present some of the most significant, contemporary findings by researchers whose work is basic-yet-applicable or applied-yet-theoretically-based.

Students and professional memory researchers will find the substantive results to be provocative and theoretically engaging, making the information presented in this volume invaluable. These examples of successful application will be of substantial, pragmatic value and researchers are certain to be grappling with these issues for years to come.


This volume contains an edited selection of papers that were presented at the Third International Practical Aspects of Memory (PAM) conference held at the University of Maryland from July 31 to August 5, 1994. the two previous pam conferences, organized by Michael Gruneberg, Peter Morris, and Robert Sykes and held in 1978 and 1987, helped set in motion the everyday memory movement. the third pam conference reflects and attests to the continued interest in understanding memory in everyday life as well as in the performance of individuals in laboratory settings. the first pam conference proceedings were published in a single volume (Gruneberg ,Morris, &Sykes, 1978) and the second in a two-volume series (Gruneberg ,Morris, &Sykes, 1988). the texts of the first two pam conferences have been widely used and have had historic impact on the field (see, e.g., American Psychologist, 1992, pages 16-48, which are devoted primarily to issues growing out of the previous conferences).

For the third pam conference there were approximately 320 papers and posters presented, which described research dealing with a wide range of topics on memory in everyday life. Because of the tremendous growth of interest in everyday memory phenomena and the attendant increase in the participation in the pam conferences, only a small subset of the papers presented at the third pam conference could be published by the conference organizers (Herrmann, McEvoy, Hertzog, Hertel, & Johnson). Although the two-volume series edited by Herrmann et al. (1996) contains many excellent chapters, these papers represent only a small portion of the excellent research presented at the pam conference. the editors of this volume worked to put together the program for the third pam conference and in so doing became aware that there was a tremendous amount of excellent empirical research and scholarly contributions being made at the third pam

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