Memory construction: a brief and selective history

Martin A Conway, Mark L Howe*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


In this short article, we provide a brief introduction to the idea that memory involves constructive processes. The importance of constructive processes in memory has a rich history, one that stretches back more than 125 years. This historical context provides a backdrop for the articles appearing in this special issue of Memory, articles that outline the current thinking about the constructive nature of memory. We argue that memory construction, either implicitly or explicitly, represents the current framework in which modern memory research is embedded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-4
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022


  • Humans
  • Memory, Episodic
  • Mental Recall
  • memory accuracy
  • Memory construction
  • false memory
  • autobiographical memory
  • knowledge representation

Cite this