From Association to Organization

  title={From Association to Organization},
  author={George Mandler},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={232 - 235}
  • G. Mandler
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Recent as well as historical critiques of association theory, which is based on automatic linking mechanisms, lead to a consideration of an alternative: organization theory. The latter theory postulates that human memory is organized, instead, in a nested, hierarchical fashion that structures storage and retrieval. Organization theory also postulates that there is a limit of four expandable units in organized memory and that the same limit is found in recall and production units. 

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