Vivid memories of emotional events: The accuracy of remembered minutiae

  title={Vivid memories of emotional events: The accuracy of remembered minutiae},
  author={Friderike Heuer and Daniel Reisberg},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
It has been claimed that emotional arousal causes a narrowing of attention, and, therefore, impoverished memory encoding. On this view, if details of an emotional event are reported subsequently, these details must be after-the-fact reconstructions that are open to error. Our study challenges these claims. Using a long-term (2-week), incidental learning procedure, wefound that emotion promotes memory both for information central to an event and for peripheral detail. This contrasts with the… 

Remembering emotional events

A small role for retention interval is indicated in moderating emotion's effects on memory, however, emotion had markedly different impacts on different types of material: Emotion improved memory for gist and basic-level visual information and for plot-irrelevant details associated, both temporally and spatially, with the event’s center.

Emotional arousal and memory: a test of the poststimulus processing hypothesis.

Whether consciously controlled elaborative processing in the aftermath of an arousing experience is responsible for greater memory for emotional event details than for details from a neutral control video is examined.

Oversimplification in the Study of Emotional Memory

This Short Review critically evaluates three hypotheses about the effects of emotion on memory: first, emotion usually enhances memory, second, emotion does not enhance memory, and third, when emotion facilitates the processing of information, this also facilitates the retention of that same information.

Emotional stress and eyewitness memory: a critical review.

The possibility that emotional events receive some preferential processing mediated by factors related to early perceptual processing and late conceptual processing is discussed.

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Enhanced memory for negatively emotionally charged pictures without selective rumination.

Stimulus emotionality greatly enhanced recall in all conditions and the fact that enhancement did not spread to temporally adjacent items argues against some widely discussed mechanisms for emotional enhancement.

Effects of Arousal on Everyday Memory

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Memory for contextual details: effects of emotion and aging.

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Repeated testing in eyewitness memory : A means to improve recall of a negative emotional event

Participants viewed either a violent, arousing film or a non-violent, control version of the same film. After viewing the film, they made three successive attempts to recall details of the event.

Recall of unpleasant emotion using memory-enhancing principles

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The quantity, not the quality, of affect predicts memory vividness

The results indicate that the character of the emotion does not influence memory vividness; instead, vividness seems to be dependent only on the quantity of emotion that accompanies the event.

Memory for traumatic events

This research compares memory for traumatic events with memory for non-traumatic versions of the same event. In Experiment 1, subjects watched an event depicted in slides while focusing and

Mental shock can produce retrograde amnesia

Impaired memory occurred only when the event was mentally upsetting, and not when it was merely unexpected but not upsetting.

Autobiographical Memory

Our autobiographical memory contains memories of events that have occurred during the course of our lifetime. It can be divided into episodic and semantic memories. Our episodic memories help us

The relationship between induced emotional arousal and amnesia.

The data obtained indicate that amnesia induced in the laboratory is mediated by emotional arousal in terms of concepts of attention and reconstruction.

Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social Psychology

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