Speed and Consolidation: Warren Meck's Early Ideas about Temporal Reference Memory and some Later Developments

JH Wearden, LA Jones

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Abstract

This article is initially focussed on Warren Meck’s early work on temporal reference memory, in particular the idea that some drug manipulations affect ‘memory storage speed’. Meck’s original notion had links to an earlier literature, not usually related to timing, the study of memory consolidation. We present some examples of the use of the idea of memory storage speed from Meck’s early work, and show how it was abandoned in favour of a ‘memory constant’, K*, not related to storage speed per se. Some arguments against the idea of memory storage speed are presented, as well as discussion of a small amount of research on consolidation of memories for time. Later work on temporal reference memory, including rapid acquisition and interference effects, is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalTiming & time perception
Volume11
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Acquisition of time rep-resentations
  • Drug effects on timing
  • Interference in temporal memory
  • Memory consolidation
  • Temporal reference memory

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