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Learning and Memory: An Integrated Approach Paperback – 30 Nov 1994

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; International edition edition (30 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471115967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471115960
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've found this book invaluable during my first year as an undergraduate psychology student. Helpfully, after each chapter there is a one line summary so even if you understand nothing in the chapter you know what its trying to tell you, which does help the understanding process if you read it again. It also details many case studies but gets very dull at times.
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"Skill Acquisition": the most important chapter 29 Feb. 2012
By Jair Luiz Alves Filho - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Learning and Memory (2000) has been highly acclaimed as one of the most important contributions to cognitive studies. By smoothly joining integrated learning research on animals and memory research on humans across the book, Anderson's book represents a special contribution to the studies in the cognitive field.Because I consider Chapter 9 the most important chapter in the book, I will mostly discuss it.

Practice entails improvement, and humans expect improvement with practice on motor activities done daily in order to tackle skill complexities. The more complex a skill--touch-typing, handwriting, driving-- the more practice it demands. As the would-be typists, for example, persist on practicing, they will incredibly improve with time.

Consistent with this assumption, Anderson (2000) chapter 9 investigates how skills progress from their difficult beginning to a condition where individuals master such skills without requiring the cognitive involvement. Skill acquisition, from one of the leading researchers in the field of human memory, has grown to become a very productive approach for those interested in memory and learning.

Chapter nine of Anderson's book represents a significant contribution to cognition, linguistics (in general), education and neuroscience. The chapter is divided into four crucial sections, carefully crafted to provide readers with the exploration of each section the author proposes. The introduction, Overview, provides us with a summary about skill acquisitions needed for the subsequent analysis. The second section, the cognitive stage, deals with initial instructions learners need to start performing a task. The third section, the associate stage, approaches the transition between the cognitive and autonomous stage. For the associative stage, learners tackle conversation of problem solving into retrieval (the process of getting access to memory); and the knowledge-intensive nature of skill. In the fourth and last section, Anderson copes with the autonomous stage. At this stage, learners consolidate their skills so they become automatic and unconscious--error free.

Skill acquisition concerns a great deal of data on how individuals acquire motor skills. Skilled performance, broadly speaking, may involve the effects on performance and the observation of the performers after having mastered the skill. Such skill, in Anderson's theory, constitute a strategy that can be represented just like any other complex skill and described as a group of productions--arranged and adjusted until they become automatic ("proceduralized"). The skill application and its set of productions may increase with the individual experience. As Anderson himself has affirmed, "The course of skill acquisition is determined by the learning history of the individual productions that make up the skill".
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mind work 6 Mar. 2013
By ARTURO GALEANO - Published on
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USE is the key. You can do anything you can imagine and believe. This book will help you. Do the thing and you will have the power!!!!!!!
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well received 21 Sept. 2010
By Steven C. Silva - Published on
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i received this product before the date listed and have been using it a lot in class. in great condition and would purchase more items from this seller.
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