Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Glenberg: What memory is for

Functional memory versus reproductive memory

Norman H. Anderson a1
a1 Psychology Department, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0109


A functional theory of memory has already been developed as part of a general functional theory of cognition. The traditional conception of memory as “reproductive” touches on only a minor function. The primary function of memory is in constructing values for goal-directedness of everyday thought and action. This functional approach to memory rests on a solid empirical foundation.