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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Knowing self in short-term memory
An inability to relate to events in the past, to not remember being somewhere or with someone, is a dysfunction of episodic memory. Alzheimer's disease and memory-related dementia include such a dysfunction, but alcohol abuse can also lead to an inability of the brain to use this metamemory process.
The concept of autonoetic consciousness, a key aspect of episodic memory was developed in the 1970s and expanded upon with brain imaging studies in the past 4 decades. The mechanism involves the concept of self, which is unique to every individual