Declarative and Procedural Memories

The case of Henry Molaison (H.M.) presented in this week’s readings demonstrates the impact memory loss can have on an individual’s life. Through H.M.s tragic loss, scientists have gained groundbreaking insights into how the brain functions. One of the major breakthroughs to come from H.M.s case is the discovery that there are different types of memories and each type of memory is processed differently by the brain. Cases such as H.M.s raise questions about the role of memory and memory loss in forging identity, social bonds, and continuity of human experience.

For this week’s Discussion, you analyze the different types of memory and how different kinds of memory loss can impact human life.

With these thoughts in mind:

Provide one example of declarative memory and identify its subtype and one example of procedural memory and identify its subtype. Then, explain one way declarative memory loss and one way procedural memory loss can impact an individual’s life. Finally, explain whether you would rather lose the ability to make new declarative or procedural memories and explain why.

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