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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 7 Memory Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.-Tennessee Williams THE POWER OF MEMORY • What was your first memory? • Why do you think that this is your first memory • Heightened emotions: we tend to focus more when our emotions are aroused. o We are more likely to create memories when our emotions are heightened • Memories that are not accurate are called pseudomemories. Pseudomemories • Elizabeth Loftus & John Palmer o How fast were the cars going when they (action word) into each other? Smashed – 40.8 mph Collided – 39.3 mph Bumped – 38.1 mph Hit – 34 mph Contacted – 31.8 mph o Did you see any broken glass in the video? Most of the people who “remembered” broken glass were in the “smashed” group There really was no broken glass • The Shopping Mall Incident o Loftus & Coan – was a case study (in depth examination of one person or group of people) o 4 descriptions of childhood events, one of which was made up o Write down as much detail as he could remember for 5 days o Re-interviewed 2 weeks later for details & to rate the event...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Jenkins during the Fall '07 term at Seminole CC.
- Fall '07