marked to Alice, "it is poor sort of memory which only works backwards". The inability of amnesics to envisage future possibilities ( Tulving, 1985) can hardly be explained by conventional encoding or retrieval theories. It is compatible, however, with a problem in escaping from the control of the current brain state.
Tulving's selection of the episode as a topic for inquiry has born fruit. The session that I have been discussing attests to the impact of his research perspective on the deciphering of neuropsychological phenomena and its utility in clarifying the workings of the mind.
The author acknowledges helpful discussion with Robert E. Hicks during the preparation of this chapter.
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