Memory for Action: A Distinct Form of Episodic Memory?

Paperback | May 15, 2001

byHubert D. Zimmer, Ronald L. Cohen, Melissa J. Guynn

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The book presents in eight chapters our actual knowledge on memory for actions and it gives room to the proponents of the opposing models to develop their view for explaining action memory. In Chapter one, Hubert Zimmer and Ronald Cohen summarize the results of laboratory research on action,i. e. memory for self-performed actions. In Chapter two, Melissa Guynn, Mark McDaniel and Gilles Einstein extend this field on memory for intended actions. They present their view on the prospective memory of actions, and they demonstrate the importance of automatic retrieval in prospective memory.In the following chapter, Johannes Engelkamp presents his motor oriented explanation of action memory. He claims that output processes strongly contribute to memory for performed actions, and that the information which is critical for memory is closely related to the information used in the motorcontrol of overt performance. Reza Kormi-Nouri and Lars-Goran Nilsson (Chapter four) completely disagree with this position. They argue that performing actions may cause specific processes, but that nevertheless action memory is part of a unique episodic memory which stores all types of episodes ina similar way. In the following chapter, Mary Ann Foley and Hilary Ratner put action memory in the broader context of activity memory. Everyday actions are usually performed in social contexts and they are goal-oriented. This aspect is seldom relevant in laboratory research, but the authors showthat it is of importance for everyday memory. Then two brief chapters follow in which Nilsson and Kormi-Nouri on the one hand, and Engelkamp on the other hand mutually comment on each others position. In the closing chapter, Hubert Zimmer discusses the presented different attempts in parallel. He isdoing this by taking into account the different processes and brain modules which are necessary for a successful control of actions.

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The book presents in eight chapters our actual knowledge on memory for actions and it gives room to the proponents of the opposing models to develop their view for explaining action memory. In Chapter one, Hubert Zimmer and Ronald Cohen summarize the results of laboratory research on action,i. e. memory for self-performed actions. In ...

Hubert D. Zimmer is at University of Saarlandes. Ronald L. Cohen is at Glendon College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.9 × 5.91 × 0.79 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195115546

ISBN - 13:9780195115543

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1. Hubert D. Zimmer and Ronald Cohen: Remembering Actions: A Specific Type of Memory?2. Melissa J. Guynn, Mark A. Daniel, and Gilles O. Einstein: Remembering to Perform Actions: A Different Type of Memory?3. Johannes Engelkamp: Action Memory: A System-oriented Approach4. Reza Kormi-Nouri and Lars-Gran Nilsson: The Motor Component is not Crucial!5. Mary Ann Foley and Hilary Horn Ratner: The Role of Action-Based Structures in Activity Memory6. Comment: What is the Meaning of a Memory-Systems Approach? Lars-Gran Nilsson and Reza Kormi-Nouri7. Kormi-Nouri and Nilsson Johannes Engelkamp: Comment: What Does it Mean that the Motor Component is Not Crucial? Comments on8. Hubert D. Zimmer: Why Do Actions Speak Louder than Words: Action Memory as a Variant of Encoding Manipulations or the Result of a Specific Memory System?

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"Memory for Action brings together the major researchers, findings, and ideas from an increasingly important area of memory research. A well-organized and highly informative volume that should interest all students of memory."-- Daniel L. Schacter, Professor and Chair of Psychology, HarvardUniversity