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How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?$
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John R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195324259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195324259.001.0001

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Human Associative Memory

Human Associative Memory

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How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?
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John R. Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195324259.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the role of the declarative memory system in a cognitive architecture. Declarative memory contains the knowledge that gives each of us our identities and the ability to behave flexibly in the world. Our brains, particularly the temporal structures around the hippocampus, impose severe limitations on our ability to maintain memories in highly flexible forms. The basic characteristics of declarative memory can be seen as arising from the need to balance this structural limitation against this functional need of adapting to environment demands. The chapter reviews a convergence of behavioral and brain imaging data concerned with the fan effect, and then looks at some examples of the pervasive application of these flexible declarative memories.

Keywords:   declarative memory, hippocampus, fan effect, brain imaging, environmental adaptation

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