Psych M.D.- Flashbulb Memory


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Term: Flashbulb memory
Definition (Myers): A clear memory of an emotionally significant moment or event
Definition (alternative): A flashbulb memory is a memory created in great detail during a personally significant event, often a shocking event of national or international importance. *
Contextual explanation: Flashbulb memories have photographic quality. If the event was highly surprising or important, people tend to remember the significant event better than other normal, calm, and relaxing events. Examples of flashbulb memories can be the terrorists attack on 9/11 or the assassination of president J.F. Kennedy.

Related terms and concepts:
encoding
storage
retrieval
sensory memory
short-term memory
long-term memory


Related websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashbulb_memory
http://www.intropsych.com/ch06_memory/flashbulb_memory.html
http://cbest.web.wesleyan.edu/pia2_spring2000_004.htm
Edited by: Brian



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