content-addressable memory

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In computer technology, a memory store that can be accessed by specifying the information that it contains, so that an instruction to find a particular item of information can be automatically converted into an instruction to go to the physical location where that information is stored. Human memory is evidently content addressable, and so are the memory systems of connectionism (1) and parallel distributed processing. Also called a content-addressable store.

Subjects: Psychology.

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