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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

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

John H. Mace

Amanda M. Clevinger

Oxford University Press

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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