Project P1

'Alternative facts' - How the brain warrants stable and flexible predictions from faithful and modified memories of a person's true past

In this project we aim to distinguish sequential expectations from non-sequential expectations that are driven by a cued episodic retrieval.

Project P2

Modeling the function of episodic memory in inference and prediction

We use computational models to study the direct and indirect function of episodic memory in inference and prediction.

Project P3

Scenarios in generative episodic memory: Towards a naturalistic account of conscious recall

In this project we develop a characterization of scenarios that allows us to view episodic memory recall as the generated simulation of a scenario from a philosophical point of view

Project P4

The competition of semantic information and episodic experiences and its modulation by stress

In this project we provide an experimental approach to testing the main prediction of the scenario model: that only the gist is retrieved from episodic memory.

Project P5

Computational modeling of generative episodic memory

This project develops a connectionist model of the interaction between the episodic and semantic memory system, mainly during storage and retrieval of episodic memories, but also for learning semantics.

Project P6

Episodic memory traces: Causal, content and epistemic aspects of the link between experience and recall

Minimal Generationism is defended against three alternative views: Total Preservationism, Partial Preservationism, and Radical Simulationism.

Project P7

The interdependence of Episodic Memory and the Self-Model

Focusing on the narrative self we investigate its role in recall of episodic memories.

Project P8

Modification of episodic memories due to integration with a self-model

This experimental project investigates how specific aspects of the self-model influence scenario formation during episodic memory recall.

Project P9

How interpersonal communication affects communicators' memory: An analysis of cognitive and motivational processes

In this project we provide a differentiated analysis of the cognitive processes underlying the effects of interpersonal communication on communicators' memory for the communication topic.

The research unit FOR 2812 "Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory" is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The research unit studies the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying scenario construction in episodic memory. We employ and integrate approaches from Philosophy, Psychology, and Experimental and Computational Neuroscience.


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