Definitions for semantic memory
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your memory for meanings and general (impersonal) facts
A subcategory of declarative memory, semantic memory stores general information such as names and facts.
A system of the brain where logical concepts relating to the outside world are stored.
(Advertising) the memory system which stores information relating to brands, thus where brand positioning is established.
Semantic memory refers to the memory of meanings, understandings, and other concept-based knowledge, and underlies the conscious recollection of factual information and general knowledge about the world. Semantic and episodic memory together make up the category of declarative memory, which is one of the two major divisions in memory. With the use of our semantic memory we can give meaning to otherwise meaningless words and sentences. We can learn about new concepts by applying our knowledge learned from things in the past. The counterpart to declarative, or explicit memory, is procedural memory, or implicit memory. Semantic memory includes generalized knowledge that does not involve memory of a specific event. For instance, people can answer questions like "Are wrenches pets or tools?" without remembering any specific event in which they learned that wrenches are tools.
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