Procedural Memory

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  • A type of long-term memory that consists of our stored knowledge of well-learned habits and skills. These include activities such as driving, riding a bicycle, typing, and swimming. Procedural memory is oftentimes hard to verbalize, and it can be done without consciously thinking about it. It reflects a number of stimulus-response actions that are learned over a period of time. This type of memory is highly durable. For example, one remembers how to ride a bike even if one has not been on a bike for a number of years. Procedural learning seems to be associated with the cerebellum and the basal ganglia, as damage to those areas can affect it. For more information, see Fitts (1964).

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