The remembering–imagining system

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Conway, M. A. ; Loveday, C. ; Cole, S. N. (2016)
  • Publisher: Sage
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1177/1750698016645231
  • Subject: RC0321 | BF
    acm: ComputingMilieux_GENERAL | ComputerApplications_MISCELLANEOUS | ComputingMethodologies_GENERAL

Remembering and imagining are intricately related, particularly in imagining the future: episodic future thinking. It is proposed that remembering the recent past and imagining the near future take place in what we term the remembering–imagining system. The remembering–imagining system renders recently formed episodic memories and episodic imagined near-future events highly accessible. We suggest that this serves the purpose of integrating past, current, and future goal-related activities. When the remembering–imagining system is compromised, following brain damage and in psychological illnesses, the future cannot be effectively imagined and episodic future thinking may become dominated by dysfunctional images of the future.
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