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Long-term memory

You have different sorts of long-term memories - memories of events, how to do things and facts. Your memories of things that have happened to you help you deal with the present and plan for the future. Your memory of how to do things like riding a bike will allow you to do something automatically once you have learnt how. Facts, such as names, events and places, on the other hand, have to be consciously retrieved.

Your memory of how to do things like riding a bike allows you to do them automatically.
Your memory of how to do things like riding a bike allows you to do them automatically.
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