chapter  14
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Memory

So far we have alluded only casually to memory, to that appar­ ent revival of past experience to which the richness and com­ plexity of experience is due. Every stimulus which is ever received leaves behind it, so it is said, an imprint, a trace capable o f being revived later and of contributing its quota to conscious­ ness and to behaviour. To these effects of past experience the systematic, the organized character of our behaviour is due; the fact that they intervene is the explanation of our ability to learn by experience. It is a way peculiar to living tissue by which the past influences our present behaviour across, as it might appear, a gulf o f time.