A Comparative Analysis of Episodic Memory

H. Eichenbaum, Magdalena Sauvage, Norbert Fortin, Jonathan Robitsek and Robert Komorowski

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 A Comparative Analysis of Episodic Memory

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This chapter describes two different approaches to the comparative analysis of episodic memory. One approach begins with the literature on recognition memory in humans, where unique features of episodic recollection can be revealed in the dynamics of memory retrieval; it asks whether these features of episodic memory also exist in animal memory performance. The other approach is a comparative functional neuroanatomy; it asks whether functional properties of components of the brain system that supports episodic memory in humans can be identified in homologous brain areas in animals. It is argued that observations from both of these approaches are converging on common fundamental cognitive mechanisms and neural substrates of episodic memory among mammalian species.

Keywords: episodic memory; recognition memory; recollection; neuroanatomy

Article.  10382 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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