PSY270H1 Chapter Notes - Chapter 8: Flashbulb Memory, First Nations, Eyewitness Testimony

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Studying the errors we make when remembering leads to the conclusion that what we remember is determined by creative mental processes. This creativity is a gift that helps us determine what happened when we have incomplete information, but it can also affect the accuracy of our memory. Autobiographical memory: what has happened in my life. Autobiographical memory: recollected events that belong to a person s past. Autobiographical memories can contain semantic components along with episodic memories. One of the factors that determine the relative proportions of episodic and semantic components in am is how long ago the event to be remembered occurred. Memories of recent events that are rich in perceptual details and emotional content are dominated by episodic memory. Memories for more distant events become more semantic as episodic memories fade. We can define am as episodic memory for events in our lives plus personal semantic memories of facts about our lives.

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