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In Search of Lost Time. An Economic Theory of Episodic Memory

Abstract : The model of memory process we propose is based on two assumptions. First, spatial or adresses network models in economics can be easily adapted to describe a significative part of the episodic memory mechanism as defined by Tulving (1983). Second, brain viewed as a network behaves as a decision-maker who arbitrates between two economic dimensions of recollection: the reward --i.e., the satisfaction for recovering old informations located in mnesic traces --and the cost --i.e., the price for stimulating the traces network. Indeed, the two results exhibited in the paper --and devoted to a formal and appealing characterization of true and false recollections -- are directly derived from the idea of a rational brain. Finally, this paper aims at showing that it could be relevant to model memory processes in a pure symbolic way --contrary to most of the neuroeconomics contributions which are generally experimental --and also that such an attempt for an abstract and analogical representation of the episodic memory process based on a spatial microeconomics methodology seems to be specially efficient and illustrative of Hintzman (1986) and recent Doeller et al. (2010) intuitions and features.
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Antoine Billot. In Search of Lost Time. An Economic Theory of Episodic Memory. Recherches Economiques de Louvain - Louvain economic review, De Boeck Université, 2012, 78 (3-4), pp.29-45. ⟨10.3917/rel.783.0029⟩. ⟨hal-00812839⟩



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