Jakarta – If you can be one of them bicycle, you might wonder why you should never forget to ride a bike. In fact, it hasn’t been done in a long time.
Adapted from Mental Floss, Thursday (15/8/2022), this can be scientifically explained. For more details, see the explanation below.
Neuropsychologist Boris Suchan says that we have two different types of long-term memory: declarative memory and procedural memory.
Declarative memory has two subtypes, namely episodic and semantic memory. Episodic memory is the recollection of a life event, such as going to a concert or falling into the gutter.
Meanwhile, semantic memory, also known as factual memory, for example knowing that World War II ended in 1945.
For skill memory alone, use procedural memory. Learning to drive, exercise or ride a bicycle are all activities stored in other parts of the brain.
It is theoretically possible that suffering a brain injury could erase our memory of cycling, but we would still automatically know how to cycle.