Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Aggleton & Brown: Episodic memory, amnesia, and hippocampus

Gestalt view of the limbic system and the Papez circuit – another approach to unity and diversity of brain structures and functions

Hans J. Markowitsch a1
a1 Department of Physiological Psychology, University of Bielefeld, D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany


The idea of distinct brain systems for the processing of episodic and other forms of memory is welcome. The two brain systems actually proposed however, appear to be stripped of further existing connections and could be integrated with one another. If integrating them, it seems more logical to propose one enlarged system of limbic structures whose individual components make partly different contributions to the forms of memory under discussion.