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The role of reference frames in memory recollection

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 January 2020

Giuseppe Riva
Centro Studi e Ricerche di Psicologia della Comunicazione, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 20123Milan, Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Laboratory, Istituto Auxologico Italiano (IRCCS), 20145Milan, Italy
Daniele Di Lernia
Centro Studi e Ricerche di Psicologia della Comunicazione, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 20123Milan,
Andrea Serino
MySpace Lab, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University Hospital of Vaud (CHUV), 1011Lausanne, Switzerland.
Silvia Serino
MySpace Lab, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University Hospital of Vaud (CHUV), 1011Lausanne, Switzerland.


In this commentary on Bastin et al., we suggest that spatial context plays a critical role in the encoding and retrieval of events. Specifically, the translation process between the viewpoint-independent content of a memory and the viewpoint-dependent stimuli activating the retrieval (mental frame syncing) plays a critical role in spatial memory recollection. This perspective also provides an explanatory model for pathological disturbances such as Alzheimer's disease.

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