Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Beltrame R. Memory and mental activity. Internal note CNUCE-B4-92-015, 1992.
In this brief note we discuss some methodological consequences of studying memory phenomena in systems where the level of mental activity is sufficiently sophisticated to have conscious memories. As is characteristic of scientific praxis, the facts and procedures in the study must be repeatable without any restrictions on principles or methods. We discuss some aspects of a theory of the physical systems with memory, and we indicate a way to characterise the act of consciously remembering in intelligent systems. We then show the importance of behaviour theories that use mental facts as intermediate explanatory ele ments to build a model with the necessary complexity. We finally show how behaviour theories that use only physical processes as intermediate explanatory elements are particularly suitable for giving a unifying point of view.
Subject mental activity

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