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Emotion Lecture - Memory and Emotion Psychology of Emotion Lecture 9 Professor David Pizarro Monday 1 Monday 2 Monday 3 What about Memory for

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Memory and Emotion Psychology of Emotion Lecture 9 Professor David Pizarro 1 Monday, February 22, 2010
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What about. .. Memory for highly emotional personal events? (e.g., Frst kiss) or. .. Memory for traumatic events? (e.g., getting mugged) Implications: Eyewitness testimony, sexual abuse, autobiographical accuracy. .. 4 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Question: How do emotions affect memory? Emotions make our memory indelible Emotions enhances our memory Emotions distort our memory Emotions have no special effect on memory 5 Monday, February 22, 2010
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General Accuracy in Memories For the question of emotional memory to be interesting, it can’t be the case that memories are always accurate. Large body of evidence showing that memory is easily distorted. This is one reason for initial interest dealing with whether emotions improve memory. 6 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Memory is easily distorted Memory is NOT like a camera. Errors and biases can introduce themselves into all stages of the memory process. For example. .. 7 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Showed participants a videotape of a car accident and asked participants: "How fast were the cars going when they hit each other?" -or- "How fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other?" 8 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Results Average speed estimates for different verbs “smashed” 40.8 mph “collided” 39.3 mph “bumped” 38.1 mph “hit” 34.0 mph “contacted” 31.8 mph 9 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Word-List Study snooze rest tired dream awake slumber night doze eat bed comfort snore wake pillow 10 Monday, February 22, 2010
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Which words were on the list? Dream Truck Sound Sleep 12 Monday, February 22, 2010
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I. Are Emotional Memories Indelible? 13 Monday, February 22, 2010
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William James (1890) “An impression may be so exciting emotionally as to leave a scar upon cerebral tissues. ..” 14 Monday, February 22, 2010
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“Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.” --President Bush's televised address to Congress, September 20, 2001. 15 Monday, February 22, 2010
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“More facts of nature: All forest animals, to this very day, remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard that Bambi’s mother had been shot.” 16 Monday, February 22, 2010
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“Special Mechanism” argument
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2010 for the course PSYCH 3850 taught by Professor Pizarro, d during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Emotion Lecture - Memory and Emotion Psychology of Emotion Lecture 9 Professor David Pizarro Monday 1 Monday 2 Monday 3 What about Memory for

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