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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, and Henry Otgaar


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 from fossils 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 proces ... More

Keywords: Adaptive memory, human memory, natural selection, survival processing, evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199928057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bennett L. Schwartz, editor
Professor of Psychology, Florida International University

Mark L. Howe, editor
Professor of Psychology, City University, London; OUP author of The Nature of Early Memory, and co-editor of Stress, Trauma, and Children's Memory Development

Michael P. Toglia, editor
Chair, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida

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Front Matter

1 What Is Adaptive Memory?

Henry Otgaar, Mark L. Howe, Bennett L. Schwartz, and Michael P. Toglia

Section 1 Adaptive Memory

3 Remembering Cheaters

Raoul Bell, and Axel Buchner

4 Living, Dying, and Remembering

Daniel J. Burns, and Joshua Hart

Section 2 Adaptive Memory

5 Adaptive Memory

Mark L. Howe, and Mary H. Derbish

7 Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference

Jeanette Altarriba, and Stephanie Kazanas

8 Cognitive and Social Factors in the Study of Survival Memory

Michael P. Toglia, Aaron D. Leedy, Adam M. Wilde, Catherine M. Baker, and Eileen M. Dacey

9 Survival Processing Does Not Improve Paired-Associate Learning

Bennett L. Schwartz, and Brock R. Brothers

Section 3 Adaptive Memory in Distinctive Populations

11 Memory Errors in Adaptive Recollections

Henry Otgaar, Mark L. Howe, Tom Smeets, Linsey Raymaekers, and Johan van Beers

12 The Adaptive Value of Survival Processing in Childhood Trauma Victims

Linsey Raymaekers, Henry Otgaar, Maarten J. V. Peters, and Tom Smeets

13 Recognizing Others

Corrina Maguinness, and Fiona N. Newell

15 The Development of Adaptive Memory

Patrick Douglas Sellers, and David F. Bjorklund

16 Adaptive Memory

James S. Nairne

End Matter