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Learning and Memory (4th Edition) Hardcover – October 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0205658626 ISBN-10: 0205658628 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205658628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205658626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This text explores the core principles of learning and memory in a clear, reader-friendly style, covering animal learning and human memory in a balanced fashion. A strong emphasis on practical applications to the college student's everyday life is evident in examples throughout, such as the correlation between caffeine consumption and grade point average (Chapter 1), the importance of taking practice tests over additional studying (Chapter 9), approach/avoidance coping for upcoming and completed exams (Chapter 5), and misremembering what your professor said in class (Chapter 10). The relationship between the fields of neuropsychology and learning and memory is also stressed throughout.

 

The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and has been freshened throughout with more relevant examples and better graphics. There are new sections on the adaptive-evolutionary approach, potentiated startle, behavior medicine, breaking habits, behavioral economics, testing effect, consolidation theory, an expanded section on working memory, and new applications in animal training, self behavior modification, neuroethics and artificial memory enhancement, and acting and memory.

 

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Customer Reviews

Book is dry, very technical.
Kirbyn
The questions are not well structured and the answers call for nearly reading the author's mind to figure out the answer expected.
Tiredofreadingthisbook
Btw, i rarely review a purchase but this book is so bad I felt obligated to do so.
valerie

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tiredofreadingthisbook on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the worst textbook. Frequent confusing and redundant material that varies somewhat, yet overlaps somewhat, forces repeated (excessive) reading to clarify. The exams from the study guide are the WORST ever! The questions are not well structured and the answers call for nearly reading the author's mind to figure out the answer expected. Other questions are completely incoherent. I spent much longer than usual in trying to understand the questions. I will avoid this author, and if you can avoid this textbook and its corresponding exams, I suggest that you do so.

Here is an example of one of the questions exactly as published in the study guide:

7. Implicit Memory: Explicit Memory as Unconscious :

(a) Inactive
(b) Indirect
(c) Conscious
(d) Retention

I found nothing that matched this in the textbook, such as a formula or topic heading. What the heck is the author asking here?

Here is another question, which is unfair also, as many illustrations and cases are referred to, so how is a student to remember each one by the person's initials, or answer without some sort of reference? No question before or after this one is related to this patient, so no lead in from another question. This is just a random question taken from about 400 pages:

14. The impairment in patient K.F. suggests that:

(a) one needs STM to get information into LTM
(b) STM is not necessary for the transfer of information into LTM
(c) LTM has a limited capacity
(d) STM actually has an unlimited capacity

Questions such as these are unfair, as missing two questions precludes making an A.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By UNCC 2013 on July 17, 2013
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I thought after reading this book I was rather confused, and then I took the class with the author of this book. I now have an understanding as to why the book is the way it is! The professor is so scatter brained, so unorganized, and such an ineffective teacher, his book matches his teaching method (if you can even call that a method). I think the book is unnecessarily complicated for undergraduate work, and I truly believe if he had not strived to sound so knowledgeable maybe his audience would walk away with a clear understanding of the material, rather than a haze of confusion and frustration! Avoid this book, and avoid this author/professor like a plague! Nice man, poor teaching methods, and incredibly bad writing skills for an educated man.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By psychstudent on April 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrible book, not only is it boring but it's complicating on certain topics that are very important for a psychology student. There are NO review questions at the end of the chapters which is absoultely ridiculous. And worst there is NO glossary at the back of the book for all the terms used in the book. What textbook doesn't have a glossary at the end of it? It was difficult to read and understand the words when I couldn't go to the glossary and get a better definition of the terms. I would no recommend this textbook, even if your professor recommends it for class. I would look at other textbooks, there are plenty of better ones out there that would help you more in class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LB on September 5, 2009
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This is one of my least favorite textbooks. It has a lot of information to convey, but it does so in a non-interesting way that does not hold the attention of students. I would not recommend for undergrads, and would recommend that a professor use this in conjunction with another more engaging text for a graduate course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz on January 6, 2013
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This book is awful. Learning and memory was one of my least favorite courses, and this book did not make me like it anymore. It is hard to read, and there is way too much extra information that makes the material confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meli09 on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very confusing & disorganized textbook.... Makes a difficult subject even more difficult. No glossary. Tiny text. Not well organized. Unclear in terms & definitions. Causes mind pain:(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belva A Langley on October 22, 2013
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I used this book in class at USCL as a research book on how the brain works when under stress and showed how it affects your memory
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DS on March 1, 2013
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I was able to get what I needed for my college coures quickly and that makes it so much simpler for a working mom of 3
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