Information about even the tiniest details of our daily lives zooms along neurons in our brains and is processed and saved in some predetermined location. How and what information is stored in the memory is in part dependent on whether an individual is a man or a woman. While the underlying mechanisms that explain memory differences between men and women are largely unknown, the fact that there are differences remains an intriguing and insightful area of scientific study. New evidence, reported last week in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, indicates that there exist significant differences between men and women pertaining to a unique type of long-term memory known as episodic memory.
Although there are exceptions, in general, relative to men, women appear to have better long-term episodic memory—memories of events or experiences, such as weddings or accidents, that tend to be verbal in nature, meaning the memories are associated with words, whether heard, spoken, or written.