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Cognitive SearchEvolution, Algorithms, and the Brain$
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Peter M. Todd, Thomas T. Hills, and Trevor W. Robbins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018098

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018098.001.0001

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Human Memory Search

Human Memory Search

Chapter:
(p.177) 11 Human Memory Search
Source:
Cognitive Search
Author(s):

Eddy J. Davelaar

Jeroen G. W. Raaijmakers

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018098.003.0011

The importance of understanding human memory search is hard to exaggerate: we build and live our lives based on what we remember. This chapter explores the characteristics of memory search, with special emphasis on the use of retrieval cues. We introduce the dependent measures that are obtained during memory search, such as accuracy and search time, and discuss how these have contributed to our understanding of human memory search. The three phases of memory search (initiation, progression, and termination) are discussed in relation to the strategies employed by the human retriever. Finally, the experimental paradigms used in the memory literature are compared to examples of animal foraging behavior to identify points of contact for developing a general cross-domain understanding of search processes.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, cognitive search, human memory, memory search, retrieval cues, memory retrieval time, memory search, animal foraging behavior, optimal stopping

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