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(p. 118) Memory 

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(p. 118) Memory
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Andrew MacLeod

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725046.003.0006
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date: 21 September 2017

Prospection is only possible because of memory. The well-established difficulty that people have when they are depressed in recalling specific memories is mirrored by a difficulty in thinking about specific future episodes. These, and other similarities between memory and prospection, suggest that elements of episodic memory are used to construct mental representations of future possible episodes. As well as similarities between memory and prospection, Chapter 6 also discusses differences, including the greater involvement of semantic memory in thinking about future episodes. Future episodes are less specific than memories, due to the fact that they are having to be imagined rather than retrieved, but they are consistently rated as more important and more positive than memories, reinforcing the importance of prospection to well-being.

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