Commonsense Views of Memory and Learning Obtained from Philosophy
The earliest understandings of memory, learning, and higher function were acquired by direct observation and based on common sense. Reflection followed observation and led to the elaboration of philosophies. As philosophy progressed, the need for better understanding of the biological processes supporting memory, learning, and higher function was recognized. This conclusion followed the realization that these processes were interdependent. The biological processes of memory and learning influenced higher functions such as thought, and higher functions, in turn, governed our conceptualization of the processes of memory and learning.
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