Toward an Ecological Approach to Prospective Memory? The Impact of Neisser’s Seminal Talk on Prospective Memory Research

Meier, Beat (2019). Toward an Ecological Approach to Prospective Memory? The Impact of Neisser’s Seminal Talk on Prospective Memory Research. Frontiers in psychology, 10, p. 1005. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01005

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Prospective memory is important because it enables a person to lead an autonomous life by remembering duties, chores, and appointments. Examples such as remembering to pick up the kids at daycare on the way home from work, meet your doctor to check the blood pressure tomorrow at 2 o’clock, or remembering to take your anticoagulants are some of the typical examples. In his seminal talk entitled “Memory: What are the important questions?” Neisser (1978) harshly criticized mainstream memory psychology because its lack of ecological validity. Neisser outlined some ecologically important questions that have resulted in a substantial research interest in the meantime. Amongst other areas such as involuntary memories, childhood memories, the function of memory for self-improvement, and eyewitness memory, Neisser emphasized that “memory is also involved in many activities of daily life. We make a plan and have to remember to carry it out.” This kind of memory has become a focus of memory research under the label “prospective memory".

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Meier, Beat

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beat Meier

Date Deposited:

15 Jul 2019 09:29

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:19

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01005

PubMed ID:

31130905

Uncontrolled Keywords:

rospective memory, ecological validity, intention, plan, laboratory study

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130590

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130590

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