Types of Long-term Memory

Types of Long-term memory

Episodic memory

  • Memory for events in our lives ('diary').

Semantic memory

  • Memory for knowledge of the world, like an encyclopedia and dictionary.
  • Includes language.

Procedural memory

  • Memory for automatic and often skilled behaviours.
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Evaluation

Clinical evidence

  • Clive Wearing and HM had damaged episodic memories but semantic and procedural memories were fine.

Neuroimaging evidence

  • Episodic and procedural memories recalled from different parts of the prefrontal cortex.

Real-life applications

  • Training programme for adults with mild cognitive impairments.

Evaluation extra

  • Problems with clinical evidence
  • Three types of LTM or two?
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