Why do we remember? The communicative function of episodic memory

  title={Why do we remember? The communicative function of episodic memory},
  author={Johannes B. Mahr and Gergely Csibra},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
Abstract Episodic memory has been analyzed in a number of different ways in both philosophy and psychology, and most controversy has centered on its self-referential, autonoetic character. Here, we offer a comprehensive characterization of episodic memory in representational terms and propose a novel functional account on this basis. We argue that episodic memory should be understood as a distinctive epistemic attitude taken toward an event simulation. In this view, episodic memory has a… 
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