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Memory

Krista Lawlor

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199262618
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199262618.003.0039

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Memory

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The psychological study of memory has made exciting advances. In the last two decades neurophysiology has given us insight into what happens in the brain when we remember. First, the biology of nerve cells is much better understood; since signalling by nerve cells is altered by experience, these cells might be the elementary devices of information storage. At the higher level of brain systems, researchers have identified mechanisms that make possible various memory functions. One task for neuropsychology is to unite the results at the level of nerve cells and brain systems. One moral for the rest of us is that while we often speak of a unified capacity — memory — responsible for much that is distinctive in human life, we are really talking about a range of capacities, variously realized in the brain and nervous system.

Keywords: memory; neurophysiology; information storage; brain systems; memory functions; neuropsychology; nervous system

Article.  6759 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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