n. the ability of the body to store memories unconsciously. It has a sensory recollection of traumatic experiences related to pain, discomfort, tension, and arousal. The hypothesis is that, despite infantile amnesia, the body itself experiences a sensorimotor encoding of each traumatic event. See sensorimotor memory.
BODY MEMORY: "Body memory is a sensorimotor function which can be suppressed if the experience is traumatic, but it can be reawakened when faced with a similar event."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "BODY MEMORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/body-memory/ (accessed March 21, 2023).