Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The short-term/long-term memory distinction: Back to the past?

Giuseppe Vallar a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy


The view that short-term memory should be conceived of as being a process based on the activation of long-term memory is inconsistent with neuropsychological evidence. Data from brain-damaged patients, showing specific patterns of impairment, are compatible with a vision of memory as a multiple-component system, whose different aspects, in neurologically unimpaired subjects, show a high degree of interaction.