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Memory Systems and the Mnemic Character of Procedural Memory

Najenson, Jonathan (2022) Memory Systems and the Mnemic Character of Procedural Memory. [Preprint]

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According to a standard view in psychology and neuroscience, there are multiple memory systems in the brain. Philosophers and scientists of memory rely on the idea that there are multiple memory systems in the brain to infer that procedural memory is not a cognitive form of memory. As a result, memory is considered to be a disunified capacity. In this paper, I evaluate two criteria used by Michaelian to demarcate between cognitive and non-cognitive memory systems: appeal to stored content and retrieval flexibility. By considering several empirical cases I argue that the criteria offered ultimately fail to distinguish between memory systems. The procedural memory system is neither contentless nor inflexible.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Najenson, Jonathanjonathan.najenson@gmail.com
Keywords: Memory; Memory Systems; Procedural Memory; Content; Flexibility
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Jonathan Najenson
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2022 03:10
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2022 03:10
Item ID: 21061
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1086/715448
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21061

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