Multiple organisations of events in memory

Lancaster, J. S. and Barsalou, L. W. (1997) Multiple organisations of events in memory. Memory, 5(5), pp. 569-599. (doi: 10.1080/741941478) (PMID:9415322)

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Theories of memory organisation propose that activity knowledge organises autobiographical memory globally. According to these views, memories that share a participant, location, or time are only organised together if they also share an activity. If they do not, they are nested within their respective activity organisations locally rather than being organised together globally. Two experiments that assessed people's clustering of laboratory events consistently obtained findings that contradict this view. Both experiments found that people organise event memories globally in non-activity clusters, cross-classify events into multiple organisations, and pivot between activity and non-activity clusters. Consistent with studies of naturalistic events, these studies of laboratory events indicate that people crossclassify event memories simultaneously into multiple global organisations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barsalou, Professor Lawrence
Authors: Lancaster, J. S., and Barsalou, L. W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Memory
ISSN (Online):1464-0686

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