Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The short-term dynamics within a network of connections is creative

William A. Phillips a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Centre for Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, United Kingdom


Although visual long-term memory (VLTM) and visual short-term memory (VSTM) can be distinguished from each other (and from visual sensory storage [SS]), they are embodied within the same modality-specific brain regions, but in very different ways: VLTM as patterns of connectivity and VSTM as patterns of activity. Perception and VSTM do not “activate” VLTM. They use VLTM to create novel patterns of activity relevant to novel circumstances.