Websites

1. Classics in the History of Psychology: Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology (Ebbinghaus, 1885)

http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Ebbinghaus/index.htm

Hermann Ebbinghaus’ 1885 monograph on memory is one of the earliest works of experimental psychology and very possibly the single most influential work in relation to the laboratory study on memory. This was translated by Henry A. Ruger and Clara E. Bussenius in 1913. Many classic works of importance to psychology are out of copyright and freely available on the Internet (e.g., from classics in the history of psychology). Consulting the original sources – rather than relying on secondary citations – is an important part of learning about a subject. A lot of detail and nuance can be lost if you just rely on other people’s descriptions of classic works such as this.

 

2. The Exploratorium Memory Exhibition

http://www.exploratorium.edu/memory/

This website was constructed for the Exploratorium’s Memory exhibition (sadly now closed). The Exploratorium is a museum of ‘science, art and human perception’ in San Francisco. Fortunately this beautifully put together website is still available and packed with interesting nuggets.

 

3. Radio 4: The Memory Experience

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/memory/

This site from BBC Radio 4 has interesting articles about memory topics and links to a number of radio broadcasts on memory or related to memory. Many of these relate to a large-scale memory experiment run by the BBC. These broadcasts can be downloaded as real player files.

 

4. Learning Strategies Database

http://www.muskingum.edu/%7Ecal/database/general/

This web resource describes a number of different learning strategies and related topics. It is an excellent resource to help think about, for example, designing your own exam revision strategy. There are even references to some memory studies – though you may be surprised that many of them are quite old (e.g., Atkinson and Shiffrin, or Ebbinghaus). Recently, several memory theorists such as Henry Roediger III (looking at how tests enhance learning) and Nicholas Cepada et al. (looking at distributed practice and spacing of learning) have starting looking again at these kinds of applied questions and this recent work is worth looking at.

 

5. Online Memory Improvement Course

http://www.memory.uva.nl/memimprovement/eng/

A small, but nicely put together site looking at memory improvement. Several simple mnemonics and the principles behind them are explained. Advanced mnemonic techniques are also introduced.