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Memory consistency expresses a low degree of contradiction in remembered knowledge. Inconsistency is eliminated by interference. High coherence favors consistency. Increase in consistency does not need to lead to an increase in verity (factual correctness). The rules of generalization will favor knowledge backed by evidence, which itself may come from consistent models that are incorrect. High consistency affects stability only in that it minimizes interference. According to the Neurostatistical Model of Memory, it is memory coherence that primarily affects memory stability (e.g. through consolidation in sleep). Compare: Memory coherence

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Memory: Coherence vs. Consistency