Remembering, imagining, false memories & personal meanings

Conway, M. A. & Loveday, C (2015). Remembering, imagining, false memories & personal meanings. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 574-581. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.002

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Abstract

The Self-Memory System encompasses the working self, autobiographical memory and episodic memory. Specific autobiographical memories are patterns of activation over knowledge structures in autobiographical and episodic memory brought about by the activating effect of cues. The working self can elaborate cues based on the knowledge they initially activate and so control the construction of memories of the past and the future. It is proposed that such construction takes place in the remembering-imagining system - a window of highly accessible recent memories and simulations of near future events. How this malfunctions in various disorders is considered as are the implication of what we term the modern view of human memory for notions of memory accuracy. We show how all memories are to some degree false and that the main role of memories lies in generating personal meanings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autobiographical memory; Episodic memory; Episodic future thinking; Simulation; Imagining; Working self; Personal meanings
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/14569

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