Cognitive Models of Memory

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Because memory enters into virtually all cognition, it is impossible to design cognitive models that view memory as a self-contained cognitive faculty. Instead, memory researchers focus on specific aspects of memory. Taking this regional approach to memory, the chapters of this volume evaluate models of the short-term retention of knowledge, conceptual knowledge,autobiographical knowledge, transitory mental representations, the neurobiological basis of memory,and age-related changes in human memory. At the center...

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Overview

Because memory enters into virtually all cognition, it is impossible to design cognitive models that view memory as a self-contained cognitive faculty. Instead, memory researchers focus on specific aspects of memory. Taking this regional approach to memory, the chapters of this volume evaluate models of the short-term retention of knowledge, conceptual knowledge,autobiographical knowledge, transitory mental representations, the neurobiological basis of memory,and age-related changes in human memory. At the center of each chapter is a concern with the problem of representation—how the mind represents reality and, in the case of memory, how experience is represented, retained, and reconstructed. The authors evaluate the models against empirical findings and against current knowledge about brain function and architecture. They also address the relationship between formal and nonformal models of human memory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531481
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/1997
  • Series: Studies in Cognition
  • Edition description: 1 MIT PR
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Series preface
1 Introduction: models and data 1
I Short-term memory 11
2 Models of verbal short-term memory 13
3 Formal models of memory for serial order: a review 47
II Conceptual knowledge 79
4 Psychological representation of concepts 81
5 Representation of categories and concepts in memory 111
III Mental models 147
6 Representing information in mental models 149
7 The retrieval of situation-specific information 173
IV Autobiographical memory 215
8 Representations of autobiographical memories 217
9 The relationship between prospective and retrospective memory: neuropsychological evidence 247
V Neurobiology 273
10 Implementing a mathematical model of hippocampal memory function 275
VI Models of age-related changes in memory 313
11 Memory aging as frontal lobe dysfunction 315
12 Constraint satisfaction models, and their relevance to memory, aging and emotion 341
Index 365
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