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Questions tagged [semantic-memory]

A type of declarative memory that involves the recall of semantic meaning, as opposed to events per se.

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Is there a specific term for the notion of storing “algorithms” in human memory?

It seems to me that there is a pretty sharp distinction between storing a "fact" like "Chickens are birds" and storing an algorithm or routine like "how to multiply two 3-digit numbers". I find the ...
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Why do we forget what we try to remember?

Almost everybody has had an experience where someone asks them what their favorite book is, and they immediately forget every single book they have ever read. This infuriating consequence of ...
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How to detect which memory is being used when answering a yes or no question?

I am asking participants some questions on a form. I have to know which kind of memory they are using when answering these questions. I am having difficulty deciding this. Is there any special ...
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How does the brain use old information to make new connections? [closed]

I assume that if my brain forms a new connection (registers a new information), it can't really know "where does the new element stand in the system of things". Nonetheless, it is being said that ...
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What is the difference between semantic activation to lexical processing?

I am reading the review paper: Levels of processing during non-conscious perception: a critical review of visual masking and have encountered the terms: semantic activation and lexical processing. ...
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Does studying flashcards, both front to back and back to front, decrease retention opposed to only memorizing one way?

From this spaced repetition type flashcard user manual one can, "create cards that go in both directions (e.g., both “ookii”→“big” and “big”→“ookii”)." In other words, would studying two flashcards (...
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How is information stored in the brain

I believe information in computer is physically stored as a lattice of "boxes". Each box is either magnetized or de-magnetized. The computer reads this to retrieve and consolidate useful information. ...
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Tests of Semantic Memory suitable for 10 to 18 year old

I'm trying to find a test of semantic memory for students. We're working on a programme to explore the impacts of exposure to nature on a student's academic abilities (hoping to pique teachers ...
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Where is knowledge of how the brain works stored?

If we are our brains, and our brains know how they work, this means that this information is stored somewhere in the brain, like the inferior temporal cortex is the part of the brain that recognizes ...
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Are mnemonics by creating associations good for memory?

I read a book which says that to remember the lists of arbitrary objects, we should take a well-known ordered list (so that you know what is on the first place, what is on the second) and associate ...
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Is remembering a list of words an example of semantic or episodic memory?

I'm having a hard time making a clear distinction between semantic and episodic memory. When presented with idealized examples, I find the breakdown clear; describing a trip to Paris is an example of ...
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Is the ability to discern between living and non-living things learnt or innate?

This question What optical features do we use to distinguish “life” from “non-life”? on Philosophy SE prompted me to write this question. The question poses, do we recognise a living thing, from ...