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Foresee and forget: how to remember the future

Gilles O. Einstein, Furman University Department of Psychology

An article appearing in Scientific American draws on research by Furman psychology professor Gil Einstein and Mark McDaniel of Washington University (Saint Louis). The article unpacks the difference between retrospective memory and prospective memory, the latter being memory for intentions so we can remember to do things in the future in a timely manner. Prospective memory, or memory that comes into play when we remember to take medicine or remove food from the oven, is the field for which Einstein recently won a lifetime achievement award from the International Conference of Prospective Memory.


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