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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Cueing and implicit memory

We know many things without knowing it; use the power of recognition.

Psychologists divide memories up into two types: implicit and declarative. Here’s how to make the most of your implicit memory…

Declarative memories are the ones we can ‘declare’ or talk about. For example, if I asked you your age, the names of your parents or the word for a large, grey, four-legged mammal with a long trunk, they would be declarative memories that you’d be recalling. If, however, I asked you how you ride a bike or swim, you would probably have to think quite carefully and reconstruct the movements in your head in order to describe them.

These types of physical skills are an example of implicit memory: we’ve learned them without ...

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