What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Hardcover | November 21, 2013

EditorBennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia

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Human memory, like other biological systems, has been subject to natural selection over the course of evolution. However, cognitive systems do not fossilize, which means that current researchers must infer evolutionary influences on human memory from current human behavior rather than fromfossils or artifacts. Examining the potential for cognition as adaptation has often been ignored by cognitive psychology. Recently, a number of researchers have identified variables that affect human memory that may reflect these ancestral influences. These include survival processing,future-oriented processing, spatial memory, cheater detection, face memory and a variety of social influences on memory. The current volume grew out of discussion at the symposium on survival processing at the SARMAC conference in June 2011, in New York City. The goal of this volume will be to present the best theoretical and empirical work on the adaptive nature of memory. It features the most current work of anumber of cognitive psychologists, developmental psychologists, comparative psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists, who have focused on this issue. This is important because much this work is necessarily interdisciplinary and is therefore spread out across a range of journals andconferences.

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Human memory, like other biological systems, has been subject to natural selection over the course of evolution. However, cognitive systems do not fossilize, which means that current researchers must infer evolutionary influences on human memory from current human behavior rather than fromfossils or artifacts. Examining the potential f...

Bennett L. Schwartz is Professor of Psychology at Florida International University. Mark L. Howe is Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University and the author of The Nature of Early Memory, and co-editor of Stress, Trauma, and Children's Memory Development. Michael P. Toglia is Chair in the Department of Psychology, University of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Henry Otgaar, Mark L. Howe, Bennett L. Schwartz and Michael P. Toglia: What is Adaptive Memory?Section 1: Adaptive memory: What are the factors that drove the natural selection of memory?2. Stanley B. Klein: Evolution, Memory, and the Role of Self-Referent Recall in Planning for the Future3. Raoul Bell and Axel Buchner: Remembering cheaters4. Daniel J. Burns: Living, Dying and Remembering: The Encoding Processes Involved in Survival ProcessingSection 2: Adaptive Memory: A Special Case for Survival Information and Processing?5. Mark L. Howe and Mary H. Derbish: Adaptive memory: Survival processing, ancestral relevance, and the role of elaboration6. Nicholas C. Soderstrom and Anne M. Cleary: On the Domain-Generality of Survival Processing Advantages in Memory7. Jeanette Altarriba and Stephanie Kazanas: Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference8. M. P. Toglia, A. D. Leedy, A. M. Wilde, C. M. Baker and E. M. Dacey: Cognitive and social factors in the study of survival memory9. Bennett L. Schwartz and Brock R. Brothers: Survival processing does not improve paired-associate learning10. Edgar Erdfelder and Meike Kroneisen: Proximate cognitive mechanisms underlying the survival processing effectSection 3: Adaptive Memory in Distinctive populations11. Henry Otgaar, Mark L. Howe, Tom Smeets, Linsey Raymaekers and Johan van Beers: Memory Errors in Adaptive Recollections12. Linsey Raymaekers, Tom Smeets, Henry Otgaar, Maarten J.V. Peters and Harald Merckelbach: The Adaptive Value of Survival Processing in Childhood Trauma Victims13. Corrina Maguinness and Fiona N. Newell: Recognising others: Adaptive changes to person recognition throughout the lifespan14. Jennifer Vonk and Kelly W. Mosteller: Perceptual versus Conceptual Memory Processes in a Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)15. Patrick Douglas Sellers II and David F. Bjorklund: The Development of Adaptive Memory16. James S. Nairne: Adaptive Memory: Controversies and Future Directions