City Research Online

The remembering–imagining system

Conway, M. A., Loveday, C. & Cole, S. N. (2016). The remembering–imagining system. Memory Studies, 9(3), pp. 256-265. doi: 10.1177/1750698016645231


Remembering and imagining are intricately related, particularly in imagining the future: episodic future thinking. It is proposed that remembering the recent past and imagining the near future take place in what we term the remembering–imagining system. The remembering–imagining system renders recently formed episodic memories and episodic imagined near-future events highly accessible. We suggest that this serves the purpose of integrating past, current, and future goal-related activities. When the remembering–imagining system is compromised, following brain damage and in psychological illnesses, the future cannot be effectively imagined and episodic future thinking may become dominated by dysfunctional images of the future.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016.
Publisher Keywords: Episodic simulation, episodic future thinking, amnesia, psychological illness, retention interval, consciousness, autobiographical memory, episodic memory
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
Text - Accepted Version
Download (458kB) | Preview



Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login