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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?$
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Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, and Henry Otgaar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.001.0001

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What Is Adaptive Memory?

What Is Adaptive Memory?

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(p.1) 1 What Is Adaptive Memory?
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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?
Author(s):

Henry Otgaar

Mark L. Howe

Bennett L. Schwartz

Michael P. Toglia

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.003.0001

Memory allows us to think back about past episodes, such as witnessing a crime, but also to mentally plan prospective contingencies that can aid us in our future plans, such as avoiding the location where the crime took place. As memory scientists, we should attend both to the functions of memory as well as to the processes that permit optimal performance. An issue that has been receiving increasing attention is the question about how and why our memory evolved. Although surely function follows from evolution, it may not always be the case that current function stems directly from natural selection. This makes the issue of addressing evolutionary questions in human memory fraught with difficulties.

Keywords:   Adaptive memory, memory development, evolutionary psychology, nonhuman memory

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