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Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Rimmele, U., Davachi, L., Petrov, R., Dougal, S., & Phelps, E. A. (2011). Emotion Enhances the Subjective Feeling of Remembering, Despite Lower Accuracy for Contextual Details. Emotion . Retrieved June 21, 2011, from PsycARTICLES database.
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It has become common knowledge, for the most part, that when one feels strongly about something, one is more likely to remember it. Researchers agree that bringing emotion into the equation does make the memory more vivid and increases one’s confidence that he/she is recalling the memory accurately as opposed to a neutral memory. However, some researchers found that, like with any other memory, the details become less accurate over time even if the memory remains vivid. Most people would believe that, the more vividly one remembers something, the more accurate the details of the memory should be, but clearly, this is not the case. On the other hand, other studies showed that people do actually remember the details of an emotional memory accurately, so which view is correct? Still other studies reveal that people may remember some specific details of an emotional memory while failing to recall some not-so- specific ones. However, none of these previous studies focused on the relationship between the enhanced recall ability when an emotional stimulus and the situation’s contextual details; as a result, researchers still do not know if participants who vividly remember a certain memory are able to accurately remember the details of the memory. At the start of this study, researchers hypothesized that adding emotional value to a memory increases the sense of recollection, but recalling contextual details actually contributes more to that sense of recollection. In the first experiment, researchers studied a sample of 25 participants, 13 of whom were
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