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Multiple Memory Systems

  • Marios ConstantinouEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1094-1



“Multiple Memory Systems” is a theory that is based on scientific and evolutionary evidence, which lead us to conceptualize memory, not as unitary system, but multiple systems that work independently, in synchrony, and/or in competition with each other.


There are several memory systems, which have been identified (Poldrack and Packard 2003). Depending on the memory function(s) that are needed for the organism to encode, learn, maintain, or recall information, these systems are thought to be able to work independently, in unison/cooperation, or even compete with each other (Sherry and Schacter 1987).

They work independently when, for example, you are driving with memorized directions, given to you for a place in the city, while at the same time you are not forgetting the specific time that you have to attend an important meeting and you...

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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus