Abstract

Memories are associated to one another and to the environmental cues that accompanied the events that gave rise to them. Thus, a memory is more likely to be recalled (reconstructed) if it is strongly connected to a particular environment. We propose that memory associations form a "small-world" network. According to this hypothesis, one memory might lead to the recall of an apparently unrelated memory because they are actually connected by only a few steps. This small-world hypothesis might also be relevant to the peculiar features of dreaming.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 176-180
Launched on MUSE
2004-03-30
Open Access
No
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