The Development of Memory

  • Henry D. SchlingerJr.
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The study of memory, especially in infants, is difficult because so many different behaviors are used as evidence of memory. For example, cognitive psychologists claim that “imitation, object permanence, attachment, conditioning, and preference for novel stimuli all imply that the infant is remembering something” (Cohen & Gelber, 1975, p. 353). For most developmental psychologists, the term “memory” is usually used to refer to certain cognitive operations, and the explication of memory must therefore involve understanding the development of these cognitive processes. In contrast, behavior analysts would suggest that instead of inferring hypothetical processes, it would be more scientific to study the behavioral relations observed when developmental psychologists speak of memory. Explanation of memory, then, would involve basic behavioral processes.


Recognition Memory Stimulus Control Retention Test Operant Conditioning Behavior Analyst 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry D. SchlingerJr.
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  1. 1.Western New England CollegeSpringfieldUSA

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