Collective Memory from a Psychological Perspective

  title={Collective Memory from a Psychological Perspective},
  author={William Hirst and Jeremy K Yamashiro and Alin Coman},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
From individual to collective: Collective memory from a psychological perspective
  • Yao Ge, Hai Li
  • Psychology
    Advances in Psychological Science
  • 2021
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