After all, when you unpack an episodic memory, it can often be expressed as, “I did this, in that place, at this time.” It encompasses an event that occurred in your life, from your own unique perspective.
Integrative neurologist Romie Mushtaq, M.D., explains further: “Episodic memory is your unique ability to remember your emotions and experiences around a specific event or situation in your life. [It] helps construct your sense of self, [as] it is unique and personal to you.”
Episodic memory, like all types of memory, relies on the hippocampus. However, there’s a wide variety of brain regions involved, including the cerebellum, diencephalon, and temporal, parietal, and frontal cortices, according to Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and author of Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety.
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