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The construction system of the brain

Hassabis, D.; Maguire, E. A.; (2009) The construction system of the brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , 364 (1521) pp. 1263-1271. 10.1098/rstb.2008.0296.

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The ability to construct a hypothetical situation in one's imagination prior to it actually occurring may afford greater accuracy in predicting its eventual outcome. The recollection of past experiences is also considered to be a reconstructive process with memories recreated from their component parts. Construction, therefore, plays a critical role in allowing us to plan for the future and remember the past. Conceptually, construction can be broken down into a number of constituent processes although little is known about their neural correlates. Moreover, it has been suggested that some of these processes may be shared by a number of other cognitive functions including spatial navigation and imagination. Recently, novel paradigms have been developed that allow for the isolation and characterization of these underlying processes and their associated neuroanatomy. Here, we selectively review this fast-growing literature and consider some implications for remembering the past and predicting the future.

Type: Article
Title: The construction system of the brain
Identifier: PMID:19528007
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0296
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2008.0296
Language: English
Keywords: Episodic memory, imagination, hippocampus, autobiographical, functional magnetic resonance imaging, episodic future thinking
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/19393
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