Alan Baddeley gives us a well-written and easy-to-read introduction to human memory. He gives an overview of the history of memory research and reviews current as well as earlier theories. The book is full of practical examples of tests and the author doesn't hesitate to convey his personal opinion while all the time being careful to state when he is doing so. I am a professional in the area, but I believe the book's easy style will make it accessible to the interested reader without any prior knowledge of the field. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about this fascinating field. Alan Baddeley is one of the people who know most about it, and also how to convey this knowledge.
Baddeley has an excellent way of putting information down on paper. The topics covered can be difficult to get to grips with and his flowing writing style should be of extreme benefit to an undergraduate learning it all for the first time.
I gave this book 5 stars based on the fact that Baddeley clearly puts forward the information in a straightforward and easily understandable way - which is exectly what it should do - technically the book should be getting 4 stars because the research is dated at this stage given the book is over a decade old now; however, this is a limitation of time and not content. The vast majority of theories relating to the topics covered are still covered by contemporary cognition books so this book should be a valuable read for any students starting their journey in cognition or a related discipline.