Constructive memory and distributed cognition

towards an interdisciplinary framework

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Memory is studied at a bewildering number of levels, with a vast array of methods, and in a daunting range of disciplines and subdisciplines. Is there any sense in which these various memory theorists – from neurobiologists to narrative psychologists, from the computational to the cross-cultural – are studying the same phenomena? In this exploratory position paper, I sketch the bare outline of a positive framework for understanding current work on constructive remembering, both within the various cognitive sciences, and across gulfs between the cognitive and the social sciences. I pinpoint some lines of psychological theory and research which offer promising and compatible ways of thinking about individual memory and shared or social memory simultaneously. These are obviously ambitious projects, and this paper seeks more to elicit help with forging these connections than to present firm results. The aim is to draw out some consequences of empirical work on social memory and in developmental psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructive memory
EditorsBoicho Kokinov, William Hirst
Place of PublicationSofia, Bulgaria
PublisherNew Bulgarian University
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789545353079
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventAdvanced Interdisciplinary Workshop on Constructive Memory : data and models - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 12 Jul 200314 Jul 2003

Publication series

NameNBU series in cognitive science
PublisherNew Bulgarian University


WorkshopAdvanced Interdisciplinary Workshop on Constructive Memory : data and models
CitySofia, Bulgaria

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