Examines history of experimental research in human memory. Processes & structure, definition, researchers, models & theories, learning, short-term & long-term, more.
The subject of human memory has fascinated thinkers and scientists throughout recorded history. What people remember, and how they remember it, has... more
The subject of human memory has fascinated thinkers and scientists throughout recorded history. What people remember, and how they remember it, has an impact on every aspect of life. The performance of the simplest, everyday tasks is based on the ability to recall how they are done, and new information and experiences can only be fully assimilated if a framework of past experience exists. Despite its overwhelming importance, however, human memory was, for centuries, only a matter for speculation. It was not until the late nineteenth century that the empirical study of memory began. As successive theories of memory were proposed, they were subjected to testing. Whether the proposed theories were confirmed or denied by the testing, the results inevitably suggested new paths for investigation, and further theorizing. After over one hundred years of study and