What memory is for

  title={What memory is for},
  author={Arthur M. Glenberg},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • A. Glenberg
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Let's start from scratch in thinking about what memory is for, and consequently, how it works. Suppose that memory and conceptualization work in the service of perception and action. In this case, conceptualization is the encoding of patterns of possible physical interaction with a three-dimensional world. These patterns are constrained by the structure of the environment, the structure of our bodies, and memory. Thus, how we perceive and conceive of the environment is determined by the types… 

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