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Do all adults experience memory difficulties as they age? What is
the difference between normal memory change and the symptoms of
Alzheimer's disease? Is it possible to stern- or even reverse - memory
decline? This up-to-date book is a comprehensive guide for everyone who
wishes to learn the scientific facts about how aging affects memory and
what can or cannot be done about it.
Gilles Einstein and Mark McDaniel, widely respected for their
research and popular lectures on how memory processes change with age.
They then approach the topic of memory improvement, drawing on the
latest rigorous scientific evidence and sprinkling their advice with
anecdotes and graphics to illustrate major concepts.
Organized for accessibility, focused on practical and concrete
techniques, and filled with reliable information (including suggested
Web sites for more information on topics of particular interest), this
book is today's best guide to memory and to verified ways of dealing
with its decline.
A clear and scientific evaluation of age-related memory changes and what can be done to minimize them.
-- Timothy Salthouse, director, Cognitive Aging lab, University of Virginia
For anyone 40-50 (or older) who is worried about memory
functioning, this book is the best one I know -- buy it and read it. It
contains much practical advice that everyone should know about
improving memory as we age.
-- Henry L. Roediger, III, chair, Department of Psychology, Washington
University in St. Louis, and president of the American Psychological
Memory Fitness is a clear and accessible translation of current
neuroscience with respect for the nuances of experimental findings. It
will be useful to students, to professionals in geriatrics and elder
care, and to general readers concerned about their own memory and how
to maintain it.
-- Allen Bragdon, author of Building Mental Muscle: Conditioning Exercises for the Six Intelligence Zones
Memory Fitness is that rarest of books: a highly accessible, highly
enjoyable product of serious and comprehensive scholarship. Einstein
and McDaniel have compiled a terrific cornucopia of exciting
discoveries about human memory, its natural frailties, and its
preservation in the face of aging and Alzheimer's disease.
Jeff Victoroff, M.D., author of Saving Your Brain: The Revolutionary
Plan to boost Brain Power, Improve Memory, and Protect Yourself against
Aging and Alzheimer's
Gilles O. Einstein is professor and chair, Department of Psychology,
Furman University. Mark A. McDaniel is professor of psychology at
Washington University in St. Louis. The authors have published and
taught extensively in the field of memory, and their research has been
funded by the National Institute on Aging for over fifteen years.
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Thanks for the Memories, Aging and Remembering
Overview of Memory Systems and Processes, The Effects of Aging
Forgetting and Distorting Are Normal -- At All Ages!
Working Memory and Avoiding Distractions, The Right Time for the Right Task
Most Memories Are There, The Trick is Finding Them
How to Learn and Remember Complex Material, Articles, Lectures, and Textbooks
Remembering Tough Things
Remembering to Remember, Medications, Appointment, Things to Pack . . .
Mental Exercise and Memory, Use It or Lose It
Physical Exercise and Memory, Not Exercising is Risky Behavior
Effects of Sterss, Depression, Illness, and Medication on Memory
Enhancing Memory with Nutritional Supplements and Vitamins
- Alzheimer's Disease, The Signals and What You Can Do About It
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An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field
While there are many books on retrospective memory, or remembering past events, Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field
is the first authored text to provide a straightforward and integrated
foundation to the scientific study of memory for actions to be
performed in the future. Authors Mark A. McDaniel and Gilles O.
Einstein present an accessible overview and synthesis of the
theoretical and empirical work in this emerging field.
- Focuses on students rather than researchers :
While there are many edited works on prospective memory, this is the
first authored text written in an accessible style geared toward
- Provides a general approach for the controlled, laboratory study of prospective memory:
The authors place issues and research on prospective memory within the
context of general contemporary themes in psychology, such as the issue
of the degree to which human behavior is mediated by controlled versus
- Investigates the cognitive processes that underlie prospective remembering
: Examples are provided of event-based, time-based, and activity-based
prospective memory tasks while subjects are engaged in ongoing
activities to parallel day-to-day life.
- Suggests fruitful directions for further advancement
: In addition to integrating what is now a fairly loosely connected
theoretical and empirical field, this book goes beyond current work to
encourage new theoretical insights.
This relatively brief book is an excellent supplemental text for
advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Memory, Human
Memory, and Learning & Memory in the departments of psychology and
"This is a very well-written piece--consistently bold and
engaging. A novice to the area will be able to pick it up and quickly
absorb two decades of research. Masterfully done, really. I give two
thumbs up to this outstandingly lucid analysis of the field of
-Richard L. Marsh, University of Georgia
"I very much enjoyed reading Prospective Memory.
I found it stiumating and provocative. This well-organized overview
greatly facilitates the task of keeping up with the literature in a
rapidly developing field."
-Ute J. Bayen, Heinrich-Heine Univerität, Düsseldorf, Germany
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- Prospective Memory: A New Research Enterprise
- Monitoring in Prospective Memory
- Spontaneous Retrieval in Prospective Remembering
- Multiprocess Theory of Prospective Memory
- Storage and Retention of Intended Actions
- Planning and Encoding of Intentions
- Prospective Memory and Life Span Development
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Prospective Memory
- Prospective Memory as It Applies to Work and Naturalistic Settings
- Final Thoughts