Affect and Accuracy in Recall: Studies of 'Flashbulb' by Eugene Winograd, Ulric Neisser PDF

By Eugene Winograd, Ulric Neisser

Memories of unforeseen and emotional occasions (called ''flashbulb'' stories) have lengthy been the topic of theoretical hypothesis. The fourth Emory Symposium on Cognition introduced jointly every body who has performed study on stories of the Challenger explosion, in an effort to achieve greater realizing of the phenomenon of flashbulb thoughts: How do flashbulb stories evaluate with different kinds of reminiscences? Are they surprisingly exact, or specially long-lived? Do they mirror the task of a distinct mechanism, as has been advised? The ebook additionally addresses extra basic problems with impact and accuracy: Do emotion and arousal boost reminiscence? if this is the case, less than what stipulations? via what physiological mechanisms?

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ContextA: Jesper was an overnight guest, we talked over breakfast After 188 days had passed, I remembered none of the circumstances of watching the Challenger explosion news accurately, except that I was correct that the source was television news. Because I did not originally attach much significance to the event, this meager memory may be understandable. 1986 What: Former VS (Left Socialist) politician appointed Social Democrat press secretary Who: Ralf Pittelkow Where: Copenhagen DetailQ: Who is said to support him in the party top?

Kennedy's assassination. The scene appears to be preserved as in a photograph when the flashbulb is fired. Brown and Kulik emphasized that "it is not the memory of the tragic news that invites inquiry, but the memory of one's own circumstances on first hearing the news. There is no obvious utility in such memories" (p. 74). They regarded it as "a mystery" that memory of the situation where some news is heard could apparently be vivid, rich, and enduring even though this situation is utterly unimportant to the newsworthy event.

More subjects would be preferable, of course, but with naturalistic events that cannot be controlled by the experimenter, data that permit generalizations across events are particularly necessary. (A parallel, but more limited, multisubject investigation is reported in Larsen, 1988b). Method Subject Male, 42 years old, Danish citizen and resident. Diary recording As far as possible, one public news event and one personally experienced event were recorded every day from January-June 1986. Events were selected to be among the most remarkable of that day and to appear uniquely Potentialflashbulbs:A baseline 41 distinctive at the time.

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