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  • noun An automatic memory retrieval process engaged when a specific, proximal cue interacts with information stored in memory. The recovered product of that interaction can either be the result of a strategic memory search, or it could act as fuel for subsequent strategic retrieval processes.


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  • According to this same theory the reawakening of an older impression is an _ecphory_.

    Sex Avoided subjects Discussed in Plain English Henry Stanton

  • "synergistic ecphory" (1983, pp. 12-14), for example, addresses the conspiratorial interaction of the present cue and circumstances with the trace (Schacter 1982, pp. 181-9; 1996, pp. 56-71).

    Memory Sutton, John 2004


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