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Prospective Memory

Remembering to Remember, Remembering to Forget


  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the concept of prospective memory

  • Provides up-to-date coverage of recent developments in computational modelling and neuroscience

  • Explores the connection between neuroscience and prospective memory

  • Examines the implementation and execution of intentions


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Cognition book sub series (BRIEFSCOGNIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 1-19
  3. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 21-39
  4. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 41-60
  5. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 61-79
  6. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 81-97
  7. Anna-Lisa Cohen, Jason L. Hicks
    Pages 99-101
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 103-106

About this book


This Brief offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the current developments in the field of prospective memory, or memory for delayed intentions. It explores several key areas in prospective memory research, including computational modeling, neuroscience and prospective memory, output monitoring, and implementation intentions. It seeks to increase understanding of prospective memory as well as offer the latest and most compelling findings in the field.  

Prospective memory, or the act of remembering to carry out a previously formed intention, requires the processes of encoding, storage, and delayed retrieval of intended actions. Chapters in this Brief discuss the implementation and execution of intended actions, as well as the conditions in which they can fail. In addition, chapters also include reviews of the current state of the neuroscience of prospective memory as well as developments in statistical modeling. Laboratory research in the field of prospective memory began in the late 1980s and since then, the number of studies has increased exponentially. This Brief provides timely and relevant information in a field that is ever expanding and growing. 

This Brief is an informative resource for researchers and undergraduate and graduate students in the field of psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.


Prospective Memory Delayed Actions Delayed Intentions Future Oriented Intentions Neuroscience Computational Modelling Implementation Intentions False Memory Commission Errors Output Monitoring

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

About the authors

Anna-Lisa Cohen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University in New York, New York. Her research is guided by an interest in the influence that future goals and intentions have on behavior.  She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Victoria, Canada.  Her research informs the development of theoretical orientations for understanding the cognitive processes that support prospective memory.  For example, her research on the intention interference effect shows that cues related to a delayed intention are difficult to ignore when encountered in an unexpected context and this is true for both young and older adults.  An enduring theme in much of her research is the flexibility with which participants are able to engage and disengage monitoring processes depending on the nature of task demands.

Jason L. Hicks is a Professor of Psychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1998 he earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia. His research interests include source memory, recognition memory, false memory, and prospective memory (PM). He has published over 30 articles or book chapters on PM. His work focuses on encoding, retrieval, and contextual factors that predict successful intention retrieval. Perhaps the most programmatic contribution in this area is a specification of the cognitive resources demanded by prospective memory retrieval. His early work highlighted the degrees to which prospective memory retrieval requires executive resources, but more recent work demonstrates that people can flexibly allocate attention depending on their appreciation of the demands governing anticipated retrieval contexts.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Prospective Memory
  • Book Subtitle Remembering to Remember, Remembering to Forget
  • Authors Anna-Lisa Cohen
    Jason L. Hicks
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-68989-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-68990-6
  • Series ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8371
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 106
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
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“This book containing a study on the state of art, meticulously prepared and presented in a very orderly, clear and concise on the subject.” (Melio Sáenz, ResearchGate,, July 12, 2019)