- Forms of memory: Investigating the computational basis of semantic-episodic memory interactions
- Award date
- 17 June 2015
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
The present thesis investigated how the memory systems related to the processing of semantic and episodic information combine to generate behavioural performance as measured in standard laboratory tasks. Across a series of behavioural experiment I looked at different types of interactions between semantic and episodic memory systems and discussed the results in light of current global models of memory.
Chapter 2 presents the results of a series of experiments aimed at testing the hypothesis that the storage of information in long-term memory is necessarily dependent on the focus of attentional resources. Chapter 3 comprises of two main sections. The first section provides a short but detailed introduction (a sort of toolkit) of state-trace analysis along with its most recent developments in the framework of Bayesian statistics and some illustrative simulations. The second section presents the results from a state-trace experiment I conducted to examine the processing components underlying semantic and episodic memory interactions. Chapter 4 presents results from two behavioural studies aimed at investigating the functional organization of semantic memory. Both experiments were carried out in Dutch with the first looking at the existence of morphological priming and the second one at the effects of normative frequencies over word and letter priming. Chapter 5 provides a review of the current global models of memory and discusses how the results presented in this thesis can be explained within a unified formal framework. Lastly, Chapter 6 presents a short recap along with some final considerations.
- Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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