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Long-Term Memory

Memory is the mental power, process, or capacity to remember, retain, or recall what has been learned. Research tells us that our brains are actively at work both storing and recalling information and that this process of creating memories does not occur in one single area of the brain.

Humans have the capacity to store both short-term and long-term memories. Long-term memory is the storage of information over a long period of time. Some information stored in lasting long-term memory may be lost, but long-term memory has an unlimited capacity and the information stored can last a lifetime. This entry first discusses the differences between long-term memory and short-term memory and those between implicit memory and explicit memory. It then discusses research on long-term memory.

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