Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Glenberg: What memory is for

The role of memory in planning and pretense

Peter Gärdenfors a1
a1 Cognitive Science, Lund University, Kungshuset, S-222 22 Lund, Sweden


Corresponding to Glenberg's distinction between the automatic and effortful modes of memory, I propose a distinction between cued and detached mental representations. A cued representation stands for something that is present in the external situation of the representing organism, while a detached representation stands for objects or events that are not present in the current situation. This distinction is important for understanding the role of memory in different cognitive functions like planning and pretense.