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Author Schweickert, Richard
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2007
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology
Subject Keyword Cognitive Psychology
Abstract Steyvers and Tenenbaum (2005) showed that semantic networks for words have three organizational properties: short average path lengths, high clustering, and power law degree distribution. If these are general properties of memory organization, they would apply to memory for other complex material, including people and relations between them. In addition, if during dreaming, characters are generated via knowledge in the dreamer’s memory, the three properties would be found in a relational network of characters in dreams. In dream reports from three individuals, two characters in the same dream were considered affiliated. Resulting social networks have the three properties, with the power law holding when low degrees are omitted. One network with a treelike outline is different from the other two. Results suggest associative memory has the three properties, and demonstrate that dream reports are a potentially valuable source for information about social networks.
ISSN 10699384
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2007-01-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15315320
Journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Volume Number 14
Issue Number 2
Page Count 7
Starting Page 270
Ending Page 276


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