Implicit Memory and Metacognition

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Chapter 15
Closing Remarks

Herbert A. Simon Carnegie Mellon University

I am glad that my responsibility in this symposium is limited to providing "closing remarks" and does not require me to provide commentaries on all of the 14 impressive papers heard over the three days of the symposium and presented here. We have learned about a large number of interesting experiments and observations aimed at elucidating the phenomena of implicit memory and metacognition as well as hypotheses for explaining the phenomena that were reported. I draw on these works to illustrate some of my points, but I do not feel obligated to comment on each and all of them; and I make no pretense of dealing with the whole range of issues that have been raised and discussed here. In particular, I restrict my remarks almost entirely to the information-processing level and avoid comments on the evidence about the locations of knowledge and processes in the brain. That is an important topic, but one distinct from the one I feel best qualified to address.

Two terms are central to the symposium: implicit memory and metacognition. As there has been essential consistency in the meanings that the speakers have assigned to these terms (far more, I think, than we experienced at a previous symposium on consciousness), we have been able to focus on substantive phenomena rather than terminology. However, let me preface my own substantive remarks by some comments on how we observe and measure implicit memory and metacognition.

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