6 December 2010

Three functions for episodic memory

Pascal Boyer (Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis)

When: Friday 10 Dec 11-13hs

Where: Institut Jean Nicod, ENS, Paris

Abstract: Why do we have the capacity to recollect past episodes and provide vivid simulation of future or simply possible scenes? Current models of episodic simulation are largely non-functional. They tell us little about why the capacity is advantageous for organisms. I outline three possible functional scenarios and their different predictions for the processes engaged in episodic simulation.

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