Memory is a fascinating topic, and understanding it can help us better understand ourselves. Probably the most important types of memory are short-term and long-term memories. While short-term memory has to do with events that happened a short time in the past, long-term memory deals with childhood memories and any memories of events that happened more than a few years ago.
Visual memory is one of the most prevalent that we use. This type of memory has to do with your visual receptors and the images you create in your mind’s eye. Even though visual memories might seem to get distorted over time, hypnosis and meditation are two methods that reveal the fact that memory is never truly lost, often enabling subjects to recall an event or the visual description of an object in great detail.
Similar to visual memories are memories related to each of the five senses. They can help us recall specific scents, sounds, tastes or smells, often in relation to impulses sent by one or more of the other senses.
Finally, we also have to speak about implicit and explicit memory. Implicit memory is a general form of long-term memory which creates a vague mental picture of what has happened during an event. This form of memory retention does not need conscious thought in order to be triggered. In contrast, explicit memory is a type of memory that does require conscious thought to access. This is the type of memory most people think about when they refer to memories in general.
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