What's in an Association? The Relationship Between Similarity and Episodic Memory for Associations

Gregory E. Cox, Amy H. Criss

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Abstract

When two events occur closely in time, an “association” exists between memories for those events. When a pair of associated events is semantically similar, it is easier to recognize the complete pair and easier to tell the complete pair apart from pairs of events that did not co-occur; there is also, however, a bias to report that similar events had co-occurred, even when they had not. A new experiment shows that these phenomena occur whenever two events share features, whether those features are perceptual or conceptual in nature and whether the events themselves are verbal or non-verbal. We present a dynamic model for storage and recognition of associations that shows how all these results can be explained by the principle that shared features lead to correlated processing of similar events, which in turn increases capacity to process associative information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2018
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages250-255
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780991196784
StatePublished - 2018
Event40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Changing Minds, CogSci 2018 - Madison, United States
Duration: Jul 25 2018Jul 28 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2018

Conference

Conference40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Changing Minds, CogSci 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison
Period7/25/187/28/18

Keywords

  • associative recognition
  • Memory
  • similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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