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Episodic Memory and the Hippocampus

  1. Jerry W. Rudy1,
  2. Timothy J. Teyler2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0316

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Rudy, J. W. and Teyler, T. J. 2010. Episodic Memory and the Hippocampus. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. 1

    University of Colorado, Boulder

  2. 2

    Washington State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


What did you have for breakfast yesterday? Who went with you to the movies? Who did you see at work today? It is likely that you can answer all questions of this sort. Moreover, if you continue to focus on retrieving information relevant to one or more of these questions, you will recover an amazing amount of contextual detail that surrounded the personal experience. Now answer another question: Did you intend to remember any of these experiences? The likely answer in most cases will be no. Thus, this small exercise reveals that your brain contains a memory system that automatically captures the content of your daily life and stores it in a manner that permits you to intentionally retrieve and replay it.


  • hippocampus;
  • declarative memory;
  • pattern completion