This best-selling textbook presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of the study of memory. Written by three of the world’s leading researchers in the field, it contains everything the student needs to know about the scientific approach to memory and its applications.

Each chapter of the book is written by one of the three authors, an approach which takes full advantage of their individual expertise and style, creating a more personal and accessible text. This enhances students’ enjoyment of the book, allowing them to share the authors’ own fascination with human memory. The book also draws on a wealth of real-world examples throughout, showing students exactly how they can relate science to their everyday experiences of memory.

Key features of this edition:

  • Thoroughly revised throughout to include the latest research and updated coverage of key ideas and models
  • A brand new chapter on Memory and the Brain, designed to give students a solid understanding of methods being used to study the relationship between memory and the brain, as well as the neurobiological basis of memory
  • Additional pedagogical features to help students engage with the material, including many ‘try this’ demonstrations, points for discussion, and bullet-pointed chapter summaries

The book is supported by a companion website featuring extensive online resources for students and lecturers.

chapter 1|20 pages

What is memory?

chapter 2|18 pages

Memory and the brain

chapter 3|26 pages

Short-term memory

chapter 4|40 pages

Working memory

chapter 5|30 pages


chapter 7|30 pages

Semantic memory and stored knowledge

chapter 8|36 pages


chapter 9|34 pages

Incidental forgetting

chapter 10|34 pages

Motivated forgetting

chapter 11|30 pages

Autobiographical memory

chapter 12|32 pages

Eyewitness testimony

chapter 13|20 pages

Prospective memory

chapter 14|30 pages

Memory in childhood

chapter 15|24 pages

Memory and aging

chapter 16|34 pages

When memory systems fail

chapter 17|26 pages

Improving your memory