A Brief Review of Memory Research in Cognitive Neuroscience
Deniz Yuret (1995)
A Brief Review of Memory Research in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Working Paper 343, MIT AI Laboratory.
I would have liked to start this paper by first presenting a coherent
model of human memory. After describing the functional components of
the model and the structural components of the model, I would review
the studies that provide evidence for each component and the
interrelations between the components. After several sleepless
nights, I gave up on this dream. And I decided that it was not my
fault. The main reason why it is not my fault is that if such a
coherent model was deducible from the data collected so far, one of
the many intelligent people who devoted life times on this ideal would
have come up with it. Unfortunately the data is sketchy. It
highlights a few pieces here, and a few pieces there. Not only are
the connections between different findings poorly understood, in most
cases the interpretation of a single finding is still under debate.
Given this picture, my review could mirror nothing but the sketchy
character of the available data.