Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Will the unitary view survive the short- and long-term?

Michael D. Patterson a1 and Bart Rypma a1
a1 Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102


In this commentary, we focus on four points. First, we discuss the assertion that the unitary model explains dissociations that implicate multiple systems. Second, the distinct nature of information utilized in immediate- and delayed-recall supports the distinct memory systems view. Third, the variable nature of capacity limits corroborates this view. Finally, we review event-related fMRI results that suggest support for multiple systems.