The key to understanding the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimers disease: pearls, string, hook, and the necklace

Author(s): Jin-Lieh Chan

A person’s behavior is under the influence of his own past experiences and future life goals. Therefore, everyone has a reference framework of his own to interpret the daily world. Tulving called this type of autobiographical knowledge “autonoetic awareness,” which binds the past, present and possible future together and forms one’s behavior with continuous entity through time, like pearls with memory elements threaded and hooked to make a necklace of self-awareness, and the semantic knowledge linkage plays the role of thread; the time, the hook.

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