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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY100H1
Professor
Michael Inzlicht
Semester
Fall

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Emotional Memory: The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous - Oct 13, 2009 The Good: Flashbulb Memory Highly vivid memory for intensely emotionally engaging event o Richly detailed and very complete, accurate, immune to forgetting Includes vivid detailed info for even, context in which it occurred (Who, where, when) How to test: wordspictures Emotions enhance memory with increased attention and rehearsal, special neural mechanisms (amygdala and hippocampus) Generally, neural structures responsible for emotion regulate behavior (eg Kluver-Bucy Syndrome) Immediate: helps rev up for fight-or-flight and recognize emotional cues in env (eg autism) Long-term: helps remember info important for survival and reproduction The Bad: Flashbulb Memory 54 students about 911; follow up at 7, 42, 224 days, recall events and details, memories on scale of vividnessconfidence, compare emotional vs neutral memories changing over time, emotional memories more accurate and detailed, remain strong after time Memories could feel real but not necessarily accurate The Dangerous Highly vivid,
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