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Psychol Rev. 2012 Apr;119(2):223-71. doi: 10.1037/a0027371.

Temporal clustering and sequencing in short-term memory and episodic memory.

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School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TU, United Kingdom.

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  • Psychol Rev. 2012 Oct;119(4):899.


A model of short-term memory and episodic memory is presented, with the core assumptions that (a) people parse their continuous experience into episodic clusters and (b) items are clustered together in memory as episodes by binding information within an episode to a common temporal context. Along with the additional assumption that information within a cluster is serially ordered, the model accounts for a number of phenomena from short-term memory (with a focus on serial recall) and episodic memory (with a focus on free recall). The model also accounts for the effects of aging on serial and free recall, apparent temporal isolation effects in short- and long-term memory, and the relation between individual differences in working memory and episodic memory performance.

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