Cognitive psychologist Douglas L. Hintzman has urged memory researchers and theorists to consider the wide variety of things that memory does for us and not to oversimplify them.
“Cognitive psychologists are trying to be like physicists and chemists, which means doing controlled laboratory experiments, getting numbers out of them and explaining the numbers,” says Hintzman, now retired from the University of Oregon.
“Researchers often completely forget that they have memories and they can see how their memories work from the inside,” he continues, “-and that this may be very relevant to the theory they are developing.”
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