Episodic memory and mental time travel

Suddendorf, Thomas and Corballis, M. C. (2008). Episodic memory and mental time travel. In Dere, K., Easton, A., Nadel, L. and Huston, J. (Ed.), Handbook of Episodic Memory (pp. 31-42) Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/S1569-7339(08)00203-8

Author Suddendorf, Thomas
Corballis, M. C.
Title of chapter Episodic memory and mental time travel
Title of book Handbook of Episodic Memory
Language of Book Title eng
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1569-7339(08)00203-8
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Year available 2008
Series Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience
ISBN 978-0-444-53174-2
ISSN 1569-7339
Editor Dere, K.
Easton, A.
Nadel, L.
Huston, J.
Volume number 18
Chapter number 1.3
Start page 31
End page 42
Total pages 12
Total chapters 32
Language eng
Subjects B1
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary We argue that from an evolutionary perspective memory systems have to be evaluated not in terms of how accurately they reflect the past, but in terms of their contribution to present and future survival and reproduction. Memory systems differ in the degree of flexibility in offering anticipatory behavior. Episodic memory is the most flexible system in that it enables humans to envisage virtually any particular future event. It may have evolved only as a design feature of this anticipation and planning system. Several chapters in this volume discuss animal models of this ability. Here, we warn that there must also be uniquely human traits for which there can be no such animal models and suggest that human mental time travel may be based on several such traits. Animal comparisons may still be extremely important in their own right, and because identification of what is unique about the human capacity and what is shared with other species; may hold decisive clues about how mental time travel is created in the human brain.
Keyword Western Scrub-Jays
Cognitive Neuroscience
Recognition Memory
Human Mind
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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