Modeling Cued Recall and Memory Illusions as a Result of Structure Mapping


A model of cued recall is proposed. Its basic assumption is that processes of structural mapping and analogical transfer lie at the core of human cognition. Recall is viewed as a result of construction of a new episode, analogical to the old episode. The response items emerge from dynamic creation and competition of various hypotheses about what has happened. Thus, some psychological data about constructive nature of human memory are explained as resulting from constraints that are natural for the process of analogical mapping. Several simulations tested the model from different aspects. Finally, the role of connectedness of the episodes for the quality of their recall is explored in more details.

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