Talk:Semantic memory

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Remove or overhaul empirical evidence section?[edit]

The "Empirical Evidence" section is biased in its selection of articles, and is not a representative selection of the semantic memory literature. I think providing empirical evidence is great, but there's no discussion of why these three articles in particular are the most important and how they fit into a bigger picture. Moreover, the Kelley et al. 2014 paper is improperly cited. The link goes to another paper other than the one discussed, and I don't actually know what study they are referring to.

Unless someone wants to revamp this section entirely to prevent cohesive and unbiased review of the literature, I think it should be scratched. 128.148.231.34 (talk) 18:14, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Semantic memory and semantic dementia[edit]

I think this needs expanding rather than merging with Semantic Dementia. After all, the latter is merely a disorder of normal functioning, and someone should be able to write much more about normal function! I will put an "expand" request in. --PaulWicks 13:22, 13 October 2005 (UTC)

Yes, I agree. I have moved the Semantic dementia information to the Semantic dementia page. Thanks, Dan aka jack 16:01, 13 October 2005 (UTC)
The request for expansion on both of these topics is quite reasonable. I agree that merging them would probably be unwise as both articles have the potential to get quite long. Stephen Allison 03:35, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

Note on contributions to this article[edit]

Work on this page is being conducted as a group project of Dr. Kent Norman's Fall semester 2007 course, Thinking and Problem Solving, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Klnorman 02:10, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

I and several other users (students in the above-mentioned class) are planning to completely overhaul this page. Please expect updates over the next two to three weeks. We are planning to address the following subject areas:

  • Historical research.
  • Models of semantic memory.
  • Neural correlates of semantic memory.
  • Disorders associated with semantic memory.
  • Open questions and future research.

If there is any topic under the heading of semantic memory that people would like us to address, please post it here. Thanks, everyone, and expect to hear from us soon. Plasmoidal 16:50, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

This is the abstract I just read that made me look at this Wikipedia page, http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a741921326 information might be helpful. It talks about how people with stronger handedness are more likely to use semantic memory. Might be helpful for anyone doing a follow up?99.111.152.9 (talk) 01:31, 29 May 2010 (UTC)

On the Selection of Content for this Article[edit]

This article appears to be about human semantic memory but makes no distinction between that and computational linguistics. The smattering of NLP topics seems both arbitrary and not convincingly related to the topic of human memory as it occurs in the brain.

The Primary Memory Articles Require Revision[edit]

It should be noted that the primary articles on "memory systems" are in desperate need of a revision as of Winter 2008. For whatever reasons, most of the references to Endel Tulving in the various articles, as well as the article on him, are in radical need of revision. Currently, the descriptions of episodic memory and semantic memory involve obsolete definitions and wholesale misinterpretations of Tulving's work. In particular, the article on episodic memory has a definition that was created more than 30 years ago and now Tulving himself says is obsolete. These memory articles as currently written, misrepresent the concepts of memory and in some instances shortchange the history of psychology. Any expertise in these areas would make a significant contribution and advance the viability of Wikipedia - which after looking at these articles as a potential reference - I recognize that they are not. Stevenmitchell (talk) 05:15, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Range of LSA's measure of similarity[edit]

The description of the interpretation of the LSA's measure of similarity

The degree of semantic relatedness of items in memory is given by the cosine of the angle between the items' context vectors (ranging from 1 for perfect synonyms to 0 for no relationship

is incomplete, because cosine yields values between -1 and 1, and the output from SVD is not restricted to be non-negative (as initial word frequency counts are). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.233.173.160 (talk) 15:04, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Semantic Satiation[edit]

The Semantic satiation article is orphaned. Would this article be the best place to make a small section about and a link to the bigger semantic satiation article? --AndreasBWagner (talk) 23:40, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Sounds good to me! Not quite sure where it fits in though. I also added a few bits and bobs to semantic satiation including some incoming and outgoing links. --PaulWicks (talk) 12:40, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Article Additions[edit]

My goal was to update the descriptions of episodic memory and semantic memory because they involved obsolete definitions and misinterpretations of Tulving's work. I also added clarification about how declarative knowledge comes in two distinct forms. In the empirical evidence section I added a more recent conducted experiment. I also added citations to the history section on Endel Tulving. In the history section I explained how Endel Tulving adopted the term semantics and included information about research that shows a link between episodic experience and semantic memory. In the empirical evidence section I added a recent and current experiment studying semantic memory which concludes that Tulving's original "remember-know" discernments do not accurately reflect the memory supporting performance. Finally I added a few lines in the present and future research section area to show how cognitive neuroscientists are using PET and fMRI to explore different hypothesis concerning the rural network organizations of semantic memory.

Adrianna Mathis (talk) 23:12, 1 December 2014 (UTC)Adrianna Mathis

Addition of a hierarchical chart showing the relationships between the variety of memory categories, e.g. explicit memory vs. implicit memory, or semantic memory vs episodic memory, would facilitate understanding the first paragraph text description of these memory types.2606:A000:8A42:3400:C0F5:A709:8113:BB58 (talk) 15:42, 3 December 2016 (UTC)