Memory and perception in autobiographical interviews: an episodic simulation that adapts in real-time to the context

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https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.n64a02

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autobiographical interview, simulation theory, memory and perception, constructive memory, autobiographical remembering

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Perception and memory are usually thought to be two independent faculties, where the former is believed to only have an influence on the latter at encoding. In autobiographical interviews of oral history and historical memory, interviewees select, adapt, and complete their memories to create different versions. This paper argues that this process is a consequence of the simulative nature of episodic memory and the interviewees’ use of perceptual information to generate and adapt their memories to an autobiographical discourse with the goal of satisfying a communicative purpose. To illustrate this, three contextual factors (communicative aim, language of communication, and emotional interaction) that influence the construction of a memory in an autobiographical interview are analyzed, showing that, in this type of recall, memory and perception simultaneously contribute to constructing episodic simulations of events, which adapt in real-time to the context in which recall happens.

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Author Biography

Carlos Alberto Guerrero Velázquez, Autonomous University of the State of Morelos

He has a Degree in Philosophy (UAA - Mexico), a Specialist in Social Sciences with a Mention in Social History (UNLu - Argentina), and a Master in Cognitive Sciences (UAEM - Mexico). His research is about identity, memory, language, mind and cognition, always tending to an interdisciplinary approach and the encounter between empirical research and philosophical reflection.

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2021-07-30

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Guerrero Velázquez, C. A. (2021). Memory and perception in autobiographical interviews: an episodic simulation that adapts in real-time to the context. Estudios De Filosofía, (64), 21–45. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.n64a02

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