Declarative Memory

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Declarative memory is the retention and recall of conscious experiences that therefore can be put into words (declared). One example is the memory of having perceived an object or event and, therefore, recognizing it as familiar and maybe even knowing the specific time and place when the memory was instigated. A second example would be one’s general knowledge of the world such as names and facts. The hippocampus, amygdala, and diencephalon—all parts of the limbic system—are required for the formation of declarative memories.