episodic memory

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episodic memory

[‚ep·ə¦säd·ik ′mem·rē]
(psychology)
Memory of information about specific past events that involved the self and occurred at a particular time and place.
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Second, it uses past episodic memories of school and schooling to encourage engagement into educational structures.
Therefore, when the generation of backward elaborative inferences are considered as the functioning of semantic and episodic memories, and when the research reporting the tendency for female superiority for the different domains of these memories are taken into consideration, the finding of the female superiority for backward elaborative inferences can be attributed to the memory differences between genders.
The central principle in Eichenbaum and colleagues theory, in common with other theories, is the linking or binding of episodic memories by their common events and places that results in a capacity to move among related memories in a network.
Finally, episodic memories carry with them affective components that can dramatically influence retrieval (Bower, 1981).
Context-rich, episodic memories require additional interventions by the hippocampus and adjacent neural tissue, they suggest.
Although the inception of episodic memories -- like remembering the context and sequence of salient events when meeting a friend at a particular cafe -- goes beyond the formation of contextual associations, our study suggests a fundamental mechanism of neuronal plasticity that may support episodic memory formation," the study states.
One of the Holy Grails of neuroscience is understanding exactly how our brains encode and remember episodic memories, including those of weddings, graduations, and other meaningful events in our lives," explained Suzuki.