Cultural Differences In Episodic Memory

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Episodic memory is the process of recalling personally experienced past events. The efficiency of this process is adversely affected by age. In a sense, this may explain the level of emotional distress that the aged and their kin and all others feel at the onset of failing episodic memory Riding a bike, thinking of the trip you took when you were 10, and where to put the ice cream all have something in common(Dritschel & others, 2011; Wang, 2009).They are all are part of memory. Even though they are all memory each example given is a different type of memory.the human body's recollection of things is neither a parallel nor a sequential retrieval of something learned previously of events(Dritschel & others, 2011; Wang, 2009). Instead, it …show more content…
Westerners tend to have very specific episodic memories compared to East Asians and Asian Americans (Dritschel & others, 2011; Wang, 2009). These differences apply to the ways individuals imagine future episodes too (Wang & others, 2011,experience psychology chapter 6 page page 207). Culture can influence the things people can remember in other ways as well. For example, when asked to apportion the first recollection they can cerebrate of, Westerners typically recall a recollection that transpired earlier in their lives, compared to East Asians who did not.(Wang, 2006; Wang & others, 2011). something that may play a role in the fact that the timing of first memories is memory of socialization is the ways parents reminisce with their children about past events. Western parents tend to be elaborate in their reminiscences with children, while East Asian parents are more likely to be directive and repetitive (Wang, 2009,experience psychology chapter 6 page page …show more content…
It refers to general factual erudition, shared with others and independent of personal experience and of the spatial/temporal context in which it was acquired . Much of semantic memory is abstract and relational and is associated with the meaning of verbal symbols(Episodic memory.study.com, Yolanda Williams. December 14, 2015). Episodic memory was first described by Endel Tulving in 1972. The defining feature of episodic memory is that it allows you to travel mentally back in time and experience the event all over again(Episodic memory.study.com, Yolanda Williams. December 14, 2015).
. When we recall episodic memories, we know that we are remembering a past event. That is, we are consciously aware of re-experiencing. This awareness allows us to retrieve an episodic memory without confusing the feelings related to the previous experience that we are recalling with our experience and awareness of a related, present situation.(study.com,

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