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What Is Procedural Memory?


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Procedural memory is a type of long-term memory of how to perform different actions and skills. Essentially, it is the memory of how to do certain things. Riding a bike, tying your shoes and cooking an omelet are all examples of procedural memories.

Procedural memories start to form very early in life as you begin to learn how to walk, talk, eat and play. These memories become so ingrained that they are almost automatic. While it is easy to demonstrate these actions, explaining how and where you learned them can be much more difficult.

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