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Models of Human Memory (08 Aug 2004)
The LifeBrowser interface allows you to search your memories just as you can search the Internet. You can access a news event on the timeline such as "Seattle Earthquake," or personal events, such as "Travel to DC" or "Group Off-site," and view emails that you sent or received, documents that you worked on, and Web sites that you visited at these times. A memorability slider allows users to control the detail displayed in the memory backbone. You can display just a few 'most memorable' events or include a larger number of events, some of which will fall into the 'less memorable' category.

"It could be used to help people find things more easily, or jog memories when the details are starting to fade. People can access information at the edge of memory via a "landmark" of something that happened near something else," said Horvitz.

"We're fascinated by cognitive psychology and all that it has revealed about our nature and limitations. Guided by insights from psychology, we're working to mesh learning and reasoning methods with application design to develop new computing experiences. I'm excited about the prototypes and the possibilities."
Article URL: http://www.research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=687

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