Semantic knowledge examples
The definitive categorization of memory is an example of semantics (an irony I enjoy in answering this question).
Firstly, you have asked four questions in one.
relating to meaning in language or logic.
Semantic is the imposed meaning that human beings give things.
Remembering a list of words, would be semantic memory, as the person is required to recollect a list, that has been arbitrarily compiled, as opposed to recalling the experience of reading the words.
- Are there any large disagreements within the community of what episodic memory actually is?
Not that I am aware of, but I am not an expert and have not investigated this thoroughly.
- Are word list tests seen as something that at least captures a small part of episodic memory?
Word list test would be capturing semantic memory, though I doubt they would form long term memory, as they are only being held for a short period of time, have no emotional context, nor form the part of pattern or logic of any semantic learning. Taking and remembering the test itself would form episodic memory, in recalling the event, time and place, with, the long term semantic memory in knowing how to do such a test. I have addressed this in more detail under the next point.
- If remembering a list of words isn't an example of episodic memory, then what is it an example of?
To answer this, I am going to present two alternative arguments.
As episodic memory.
To regard it as episodic memory, (but short term memory, which is muddying the waters, as the information only needs to be keep in the memory for a short term and would be used within the working memory) so in terms of it being episodic, it is unlikely to be recalled effectively at a later date (for most people). I would liken it to being shown images of animals, with no purpose of pattern, except the person is asked to retain a memory of what they have seen. Like going to a museum and then being asked, what did you see there, as opposed to going to a museum and then being asked what was the history of the steam engine, which would be recalled from semantic memory of reading about the team engine at the museum.
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