Memory and Technology: How We Use Information in the Brain and the World

Springer Verlag (2018)

Abstract

How is technology changing the way people remember? This book explores the interplay of memory stored in the brain and outside of the brain, providing a thorough interdisciplinary review of the current literature, including relevant theoretical frameworks from across a variety of disciplines in the sciences, arts, and humanities. It also presents the findings of a rich and novel empirical data set, based on a comprehensive survey on the shifting interplay of internal and external memory in the 21st century. Results reveal a growing symbiosis between the two forms of memory in our everyday lives. The book presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the interplay of internal and external memory, and their complementary strengths. It concludes with a guide to important dimensions, questions, and methods for future research. Memory and Technology will be of interest to researchers, professors, and students across the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, library and information science, human factors, media and cultural studies, anthropology and archaeology, photography, and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as anyone interested in how technology is affecting human memory. _____ "This is a novel book, with interesting and valuable data on an important, meaningful topic, as well as a gathering of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ideas...The research is accurately represented and inclusive. As a teaching tool, I can envision graduate seminars in different disciplines drawing on the material as the basis for teaching and discussions." Dr. Linda A. Henkel, Fairfield University "This book documents the achievements of a vibrant scientific project – you feel the enthusiasm of the authors for their research. The organization of the manuscript introduces the reader into a comparatively new field the same way as pioneering authors have approached it." Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schönpflug, Freie Universität Berlin.

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Important Dimensions and Unanswered Questions

In this chapter we draw on all of our empirical results , our thorough review of the disparate literature , and the theoretical framework we created to present a list of the most important dimensions of external memory for further study, as proposed previously by others and as proposed by us. We als... see more

A Framework and Methods for Researching the Interplay of Internal and External Memory

In this chapter we provide a summary of the results of the current study, which we described in detail in Chapters 10.1007/978-3-319-99169-6_1, 10.1007/978-3-319-99169-6_2, 10.1007/978-3-319-99169-6_3 and 10.1007/978-3-319-99169-6_4. We also discuss the limitations of the current study, with an eye ... see more

Theoretical Perspectives from Other Disciplines

In this chapter we present the second half of our thorough interdisciplinary review of the disparate prior literature on external memory and how it interacts with internal memory. Here we gather and review theoretical perspectives from beyond psychology, including disciplines in the sciences, the ar... see more

Theoretical Perspectives from Across Psychology

In this chapter we present the first half of our thorough interdisciplinary review of the disparate prior literature on external memory and how it interacts with internal memory. Here we gather and review theoretical perspectives from across psychology. Specific theories we cover include transactive... see more

Results: The Interplay Between Internal and External Memory

In this chapter we finish reporting the results of our comprehensive survey study on the interplay of internal and external memory in everyday life and how that is changing in the early twenty-first century . We report on the themes that emerged from the qualitative data on the interplay between int... see more

Results: Behaviors and Experiences with Internal and External Memory

In this chapter, we continue reporting the results of our comprehensive survey study on the interplay of internal and external memory in everyday life and how that is changing in the early twenty-first century . We report the descriptive statistics for questions about behaviors and experiences with ... see more

Results: Attitudes and Beliefs About Internal and External Memory

In this chapter we begin reporting the results of our comprehensive survey study on the interplay of internal and external memory in everyday life, and how that is changing in the early twenty-first century . After first describing data cleaning and scoring, we report the descriptive statistics for ... see more

Introduction and Method

In this chapter we introduce the topic of internal memory versus external memory. Internal memory is information stored in one’s brain, and external memory is information stored outside of one’s brain . Humans have a long history of using external memory, and we interact extensively with it in our e... see more

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