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Author Michaelian, Kourken, author.

Title Mental time travel : episodic memory and our knowledge of the personal past / Kourken Michaelian.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 291 pages) : illustrations.
Series Life and mind : philosophical issues in biology and psychology
Life and mind.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Epistemology and human memory -- Three questions about memory -- Situating episodic memory -- Memory knowledge -- Episodic memory as mental time travel -- The commonsense conception -- The causal theory -- The simulation theory -- Mental time travel as a source of knowledge -- The information effect -- Metamemory and the source problem -- Metamemory and the process problem -- The evolution of mental time travel -- The puzzle of conscious episodic memory -- Consciousness and memory knowledge -- Conclusion.
Summary "In this book, Kourken Michaelian builds on research in the psychology of memory to develop an innovative philosophical account of the nature of remembering and memory knowledge.\sCurrent philosophical approaches to memory rest on assumptions that are incompatible with the rich body of theory and data coming from psychology.\sMichaelian argues that abandoning those assumptions will result in a radically new philosophical understanding of memory.\sHis novel, integrated account of episodic memory, memory knowledge, and their evolution makes a significant step in that direction.\s Michaelian situates episodic memory as a form of mental time travel and outlines a naturalistic framework for understanding it.\sDrawing on research in constructive memory, he develops an innovative simulation theory of memory; finding no intrinsic difference between remembering and imagining, he argues that to remember is to imagine the past.\sHe investigates the reliability of simulational memory, focusing on the adaptivity of the constructive processes involved in remembering and the role of metacognitive monitoring; and he outlines an account of the evolution of episodic memory, distinguishing it from the forms of episodic-like memory demonstrated in animals.\s Memory research has become increasingly interdisciplinary.\sMichaelian's account, built systematically on the findings of empirical research, not only draws out the implications of these findings for philosophical theories of remembering but also offers psychologists a framework for making sense of provocative experimental results on mental time travel"--MIT CogNet.
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Subject Memory (Philosophy)
Episodic memory.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Michaelian, Kourken. Mental time travel 9780262034098 (DLC) 2015038327 (OCoLC)926105981
ISBN 9780262334570 (electronic bk.)
0262334577 (electronic bk.)
9780262334587 (electronic bk.)
0262334585 (electronic bk.)