The Wall Street Journal:
Memory allows for a kind of mental time travel, a way for us to picture not just the past but also a version of the future, according to a growing body of research.
The studies suggest that the purpose of memory is far more extensive than simply helping us store and recall information about what has already happened.
Researchers from University College London and Harvard University have made strides charting how memory helps us draw a mental sketch of someone’s personality and imagine how that person might behave in a future social situation. They detailed their latest findings in work published in the journal Cerebral Cortex last week.
The body of work is “broadening out our view of how we use memory,” says Daniel Schacter, a psychology professor at Harvard.
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