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Remembering the past to imagine the future: the prospective brain
TLDR
It is suggested that processes such as memory can be productively re-conceptualized in light of the concept of the prospective brain, an idea that a crucial function of the brain is to use stored information to imagine, simulate and predict possible future events.
The cognitive neuroscience of constructive memory: remembering the past and imagining the future
  • D. Schacter, D. Addis
  • Psychology, Biology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
  • 29 May 2007
TLDR
Cognitive, neuropsychological and neuroimaging evidence is considered showing that there is considerable overlap in the psychological and neural processes involved in remembering the past and imagining the future.
Functional neuroanatomy of remote episodic, semantic and spatial memory: a unified account based on multiple trace theory
TLDR
The evidence suggests strongly that the function of the hippocampus (and possibly that of related limbic structures) is to help encode, retain, and retrieve experiences, no matter how long ago the events comprising the experience occurred, and no matter whether the memories are episodic or spatial.
Age-Related Changes in the Episodic Simulation of Future Events
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The number of internal details generated by older adults correlated with their relational memory abilities, a finding consistent with the constructive-episodic-simulation hypothesis, which holds that simulation of future episodes requires a system that can flexibly recombine details from past events into novel scenarios.
Recollective qualities modulate hippocampal activation during autobiographical memory retrieval
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Reclective qualities are important predictors of hippocampal engagement during AM retrieval independent of factors such as recency, which are consistent with theories of hippocampusal function that emphasize its role in the recollection of multifaceted autobiographical experiences.
Autobiographical memory and sense of self.
TLDR
A novel framework for sense of self and memory is proposed that translates this theoretical groundwork into a form that is readily accessible for researchers and review evidence for this model suggests ways that it may provide a roadmap for future research efforts.
Episodic Simulation of Future Events
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This research supports the idea that simulating possible future events depends on much of the same neural machinery, referred to here as a core network, as does remembering past events.
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