Home

About

Advanced Search

Browse by Discipline

Scientific Societies

E-print Alerts

Add E-prints

E-print Network
FAQHELPSITE MAPCONTACT US


  Advanced Search  

 
2007 Nature Publishing Group For more than a century, memory research
 

Summary:  2007 Nature Publishing Group
For more than a century, memory research
has focused on the past. Psychologists have
analysed the cognitive processes that allow
individuals to retain past experiences, and
neuroscientists have identified the brain
structures, such as the hippocampus, that
support this ability. A function of memory
that has been largely overlooked until
recently is its role in allowing individuals to
imagine possible future events. In this arti-
cle, we consider emerging evidence which
indicates that memory -- especially episodic
memory -- is crucially involved in our abil-
ity to imagine non-existent events and simu-
late future happenings. Indeed, brain regions
that have traditionally been associated with
memory appear to be similarly engaged
when people imagine future experiences.
We believe that such observations might

  

Source: Addis, Donna Rose - Department of Psychology, University of Auckland
Schacter, Daniel - Department of Psychology, Harvard University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine