Memory in Everyday Life

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G.M. Davies, R.H. Logie
Elsevier, Aug 25, 1993 - Psychology - 553 pages
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The last decade has seen a major growth in research on how memory is used in everyday life. This volume represents a reaction to traditional laboratory-bound studies of the first half of the century which sought to identify the fundamental principles of learning and memory through the use of materials and methods totally divorced from the real world. The new wave of memory research has had considerable success in charting how memory develops, the role it plays in educational and social skills and the impact of memory impairment on mental life. The current volume consists of authoritative reviews of this emerging area linked to comment and criticism from major researchers in the field.

Contrasted, probably for the first time, are two major styles of research in applied memory research: The naturalistic approach, which has sought to study memory in everyday environments, using actual experiences from people's lives as the raw data from which to derive more general principles, and the applied cognitive approach, whereby theories and methods are developed using orthodox laboratory techniques which are then validated by applying them directly to real phenomena. This is one of the few books to bring together evidence across the very wide spectrum of humdrum activity that constitutes the everyday uses of memory.


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Janina Brutt-Griffler is Associate Professor of Foreign and Second Language Acquisition and Director of Polish Studies at The State University of New York, Buffalo. Prior to taking up her current position, she taught on the graduate faculty at the University of York, England. At the time of the symposium from which the current volume is drawn, she was Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Alabama. She is the author of "World English: A Study of Its Development," winner of the Modern Language Association's 2004 "Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize," Her other publications include "Bilingualism and Language Pedagogy,"
Catherine Evans Davies is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Alabama. At the time of the symposium from which the current volume is drawn, she was director of the graduate programs in applied linguistics. Her work on cross-cultural interaction has appeared in "World Englishes, English for Specific Purposes, Text, Multilingua, the Journal of Pragmatics," and elsewhere.She served as president of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in 2003-2004. Co-organizer of the NSF-funded decennial symposium on "Language Variety in the South" in 2004, she is currently co-editing the resulting volume under an NEH grant.

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