Tunnel memories for autobiographical events: Central details are remembered more frequently from shocking than from happy experiences

  title={Tunnel memories for autobiographical events: Central details are remembered more frequently from shocking than from happy experiences},
  author={Dorthe Berntsen},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
  • D. Berntsen
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Memory & Cognition
In three experiments, undergraduates recorded as many details as possible for autobiographical memories of highly positive and highly negative events in their lives. Experiment 1 replicated earlier findings for memories of highly negative events: Central details were recorded more frequently than peripheral details, and a weak correlation was found between emotional intensity and number of central details. In Experiment 2, undergraduates recorded details of memories of both their happiest and… Expand
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