Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Semantic memory consists of stored information about the features and attributes that define concepts and processes that allow us to efficiently retrieve, act upon and produce this information in the service of thought and language.
Semantic knowledge is largely a context-free form of information. It is the "meaning" of things. (Buzsáki; Rhythms of the Brain, 292)
Multiple overlapping observations with common junctions are the source of semantic knowledge. (Buzsáki; Rhythms of the Brain, 330)
The large sector of individual long-term memory that is called semantic memory is widely distributed in the cortex. (Fuster; Memory in Cerebral Cortex, 140)
Language depends largely on semantic memory. (Ratey; User's Guide to Brain, 202)
Semantic memory is usually derived from a learning process.
Link to — Semantic Working Memory System
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