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date: 08 July 2020

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This chapter presents a novel framework that integrates motivational relevance and accessibility and outlines its implications for the study of memory. The authors first review a recent analysis of motivation (Higgins, 2011) and a recent framework linking motivational relevance and accessibility (Eitam & Higgins, 2010). The authors then propose and demonstrate that knowledge activation and recall of information—whether implicit or explicit, and regardless of the type of that information (semantic, episodic, autobiographical, or procedural)—are affected by the motivational relevance of that information at the time retrieval is attempted or measured.

Keywords: motivation, relevance, accessibility, knowledge activation, memory

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