Mental time travel and the shaping of the human mind

@article{Suddendorf2009MentalTT,
  title={Mental time travel and the shaping of the human mind},
  author={T. Suddendorf and D. Addis and M. Corballis},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364},
  pages={1317 - 1324}
}
Episodic memory, enabling conscious recollection of past episodes, can be distinguished from semantic memory, which stores enduring facts about the world. Episodic memory shares a core neural network with the simulation of future episodes, enabling mental time travel into both the past and the future. The notion that there might be something distinctly human about mental time travel has provoked ingenious attempts to demonstrate episodic memory or future simulation in non-human animals, but we… Expand

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