How Negative Emotion Enhances the Visual Specificity of a Memory

@article{Kensinger2007HowNE,
  title={How Negative Emotion Enhances the Visual Specificity of a Memory},
  author={Elizabeth A. Kensinger and Rachel J. Garoff-Eaton and Daniel L. Schacter},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={19},
  pages={1872-1887}
}
Some studies have suggested that emotion primarily increases memory for gist, and does not enhance memory for detail. There are, however, some instances in which negative objects (e.g., snake, grenade) are remembered with more visual detail than neutral objects (e.g., barometer, blender). In the present functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we examined the encoding processes that lead a person to remember the exact visual details of negative and neutral objects, and to remember… CONTINUE READING
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