Project P1

Learning from quantified episodic prediction errors: Individual biases in gist revision

Investigating how new information we receive while remembering an event affects our memory of the event.

Project P2

Modeling the functional role of episodic memory in spatial learning

Using computer models to model how our memories help us learn new things from our experiences

Project P3

Reframing episodic memory within its proper bounds: The role of non- perceptual factors in remembering

Reports, fictional narratives and even dreams can all create "memories". Are the underlying mechanisms of the same kind as in memories that are formed when one experiences actual events with one’s own senses? Can those memories also be regarded as a source of some kind of knowledge?

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

Developing a computational model of the effects of social interaction and the self on memory

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 bi-directional self-memory dynamics: a conceptual framework

Remember last week’s party? P7 investigates how your memory differs from your friend’s due to differences in how you see yourself, your self-model

Project P8

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

Was an event shameful? How is your memory of the event influenced by this fact?

Project P9

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

How do speakers’ own, audience-independent judgments of a topic alter memory biases driven by the creation of shared reality with an audience


Episodic Memory Reports: Language-based evidence for experientiality, perspectivity, and generativity

Investigating whether speakers use different linguistic means to report memories of personally experienced events and memories of general facts.

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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