Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Author's Response
Glenberg: What memory is for

What memory is for: Creating meaning in the service of action

Arthur M. Glenberg a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706


I address the commentators' calls for clarification of theoretical terms, discussion of similarities to other proposals, and extension of the ideas. In doing so, I keep the focus on the purpose of memory: enabling the organism to make sense of its environment so that it can take action appropriate to constraints resulting from the physical, personal, social, and cultural situations.