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The organization and structure of autobiographical memory$
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John Mace

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198784845.001.0001

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The Associative Nature of Episodic Memories

The Associative Nature of Episodic Memories

The Primacy of Conceptual Associations

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(p.183) 10 The Associative Nature of Episodic Memories
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The organization and structure of autobiographical memory
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John H. Mace

Amanda M. Clevinger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198784845.003.0010

This chapter concerns the associative nature of episodic memories, putting forth a thesis on the associative form of episodic memories that contains four main propositions: (1) episodic memories always activate other episodic memories; (2) these activations always follow orderly pattern of associations; (3) whereas more than one type of association can be found among episodic memories, the fundamental form is conceptual, where memories are associated (or activated) by their common content; (4) conceptual forms dominate, they are the fundamental (or default) form, and they are the most enduring form. In addition, this chapter unveils a theoretical view which argues that there are mechanisms that create and maintain conceptual associations.

Keywords:   autobiographical memory, autobiographical memory organization, episodic memory, episodic memory associations, episodic memory organization

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