What memory is for

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):1-19 (1997)
I address the commentators' calls for clarification of theoretical terms, discussion of similarities to other proposals, and extension of the ideas. In doing so, I keep the focus on the purpose of memory: enabling the organism to make sense of its environment so that it can take action appropriate to constraints resulting from the physical, personal, social, and cultural situations
Keywords amnesia   automatic memory   coherence   embodied meaning   inferences   language comprehension   memory   mental models   recollective memory   symbol grounding
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X97000010
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