Human memory, cerebral hemispheres, and limbic system: A new approach
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Published: 02-24-2014 04:49 pm
Updated: 02-24-2014 04:50 pm
"In order to explain the diversity of results in the field it was suggested (Rotenberg,1979; Rotenberg & Arshavsky,1991) that in the most general form, the difference between the two fundamental and most important strategies of thinking (which are customarily associated with functions of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain), is reduced to the opposite modes of organizing the contextual connection between elements of information. Left-hemispheric or formal, logical thinking organizes any sign material (whether symbolic or iconic) so as to create a strictly ordered and unambiguously understood context. Its formation requires the active choice out of innumerable, real and potential connections between the multiform objects and phenomena of few definite connections which would not create internal contradictions. This choice would be the one most natural to facilitate a sequential analysis. A strategy of thinking of this type makes it possible to build a pragmatically convenient, but simplified model of reality. This model is based on probability forecasting and a search for concrete cause-and-effect relations. It is precisely for this model that the vector-time orientation exists. In contrast, the function of right-hemispheric or image thinking is to simultaneously "capture" an infinite number of connections and the formation, due to this capture, of an integral but ambiguous context. In this context the whole is not determined by its components, since all specific features of the whole are determined only by interconnections between these parts. On the contrary, any concrete element of such a context bears a determining stamp of the whole. Perception at each concrete moment is brought in line with the entire past experience, with the already shaped picture of the world, and with impacts to such a capture the status of thinking."
So in relation to Neojungian Model:
* Organic memories will be stored in the longterm declarative episodic memory, and will be close related to the use of the limbic system.
* Deterministic memories will be stored in the longterm declarative semantic memory, and will not be related to the use of the limbic system.