Explicit memory. I couldn’t wait to write this piece. I’ll define it in short terms before I explain it further for you to understand. 

How can one understand Explicit Memory?

When you have an exam, you know you need to learn all the details and cram up some formulas. Well, you’re using explicit memory. You know, when you listen to the lyrics of a song you like, and you don’t need to stress yourself to remember the lines that are being said, now that’s implicit memory. Our brains and minds work properly using both of these memories all through the years of our lives. 

Every piece of information you need to work on consciously is known as explicit memory.

In life, people usually focus a lot more on explicit memory because that’s the difficult one to remember. 

List of things we remember that are not from explicit memory

Things that are listed below are not from our explicit memory:

  • Walking 
  • Dressing up 
  • Pressing our keyboard or phones 
  • Singing the lyrics to a song 
  • Perceiving a scent and thinking of someone. 

These things listed above do not need any intention to do. We do them. 

Explicit memory is popularly known as declarative memory because it is memory too could explain the information you work consciously to recall. 

What are the Types of Explicit Memory? 

The types of explicit memory include the following:

Episodic memory

These memories are memories of specific events you’ve kept in your brains for a long time. Things like what happened during your high school graduation or things that occurred yesterday. 

Semantic Memory

These are memories of things like names, concepts, facts, and other general knowledge things. 

What are the Examples of Explicit Memory

Various tasks require the usage of explicit memory. These include remembering the things you learned in your psychology class, recalling your phone number, knowing who the present president is, writing a research paper, and remembering the time you and your friend need to see a movie. 

There are various other examines of things that you could remember using explicit memory. These things include the following:

  • All items available in your shopping list 
  • The birth dates of family members and friends 
  • Important events from your life like wedding dates, graduations, or other important life milestones. 
  • The locations and names of various countries are available on a map. 

There are various examples of explicit memory, which include experiential memories or textbook learning. These are all things you need to bring to your mind consciously. 

Names and locations of different countries on a map

Explicit memory is encoded in your brains step by step, which could be retrieved at a later point in time. 

These memories are usually formed intentionally by rehearsing them. 

On the other hand, implicit memory is encoded unconsciously and is tied to your emotions, how you feel, and your mood. Implicit memory could be drawn, and you could become aware of them through various forms of associations like nostalgia, sight, or the sense of smell.