Implicit & Explicit Memory
By Kierstin Melnick
We have all experienced long-term memory.
It's the memory of your Grandmother's house upon smelling fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. It's the happy reminder of a fun inside joke with a friend when you hear a certain word or phrase. It's the sad remembrance of a last conversation with a loved one upon seeing something of theirs. These are all long-term memories.
Long term memory is defined as the storage of information over extended periods of time (Hockenbury 238). These memories usually last a lifetime and the storage for them in your mind is limitless, contrary to the storage for short term memory.