Questions related to Autobiographical Memory
The memory policies constitute an interesting scope of analysis when we are investigating individual and collective memory. Different government regimes, authoritarian or not (sometimes even in democracies), have for decades been reinforcing or even building memories aligned with their ideological goals. However, due to the panoply of approaches in the scope of social memory, which authors are essential in an investigation about the relationship between memory policies and individual and collective memory?
The narrative of memory dialogues with the 'time of the 'experience recorded' and the 'time of the narrative of remembrance'. Paul Ricoeur in "Time and Narrative" indicates the paradoxalities of the hermeneutic circle between the act of narrating the fact (remembered) and temporal dynamics. What can be understood about the plasticity of time in the dialogues of memory? Something that Ricoeur himself will later explore in "Memory, History and Forgetting". But would this temporal plasticity be a relevant factor in the transformation of non-biographical memory into biographical memory?
I am planning a study in which I want to experimentally manipulate autobiographical memory coherence. The main task is that participants will have to recall and write about important autobiographical memories. I am interested in how a concurrent (non-verbal) task (which would increase cognitive load) impacts the coherence of participants' narratives. The hypothesis is that reduced working memory capacity will lead to less coherent narratives. Can someone recommend a suitable secondary task?
I need to find neutral cue words for my research on autobiographical memory and future thinking. I would really appreciate any information to have access to the word lists mentioned in the question. Thanks.
To what extent do you believe that psychogenic amnesia is distinct from organic amnesia? What would be the differences and similarities between psychogenic amnesia and organic amnesia?
I am looking for papers on retrieval mechanisms of episodic or autobiographical memory. It would be nice if you can suggest any papers with link or without link.
Is there any evidence for typicality effects in memory retrieval? For example, if I ask you to recall an example of a fruit you have eaten, would you be more likely to retrieve a memory of eating an apple (a more typical fruit) compared to a fig (a less typical fruit)?
I have seen this demonstrated in categorization tasks, but I am not familiar with any research on this in the context of memory.
To my knowledge the most relevant references are the ones by Eich:
Eich, E., Handy, T. C., Holmes, E. A., Lerner, J., and Mcisaac, H. K. (2012). “Field and observer perspectives in autobiographical memory,” inSocial Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior, eds J. P. Forgas, K. Fiedler and C. Sedikides (New York: Taylor and Francis), 163–181.
Eich, E., Nelson, A. L., Leghari, M. A., and Handy, T. C. (2009). Neural systems mediating field and observer memories. Neuropsychologia 47, 2239–2251. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.02.019
But I'm searching for other material. Any help is welcomed.
We are looking for some references and possible collaborations for future publications. We are specially interested on Photography and autobiographical documentary.
I'm doing research about the contemporary visual representation of illness and anticipatory grief, specially in SNSs and I'm trying to contextuallice those practices also.
If an eyewitness remembers an event in a non-historical manner (ie, a digital camera recorded events differently than the eyewitness's recollection), how is that person's narrative experience impacted, if at all?
When does perception end and memory begin? This question is rarely considered but has important implications for the science of psychology.
Folk intuition suggests that perception ends once the object of experience is no longer stimulating the senses. However, this demarcation lacks scientific rigor and is inconsistent with many physical theories of time.
Take for example time considered as a spacetime continuum. Meaningful events that unfold relative to an organism are always defined by time-like intervals. Therefore, the use of spacetime as a model for time in psychology would lead to the conclusion that every experience is memory-based.
I would be happy for any contributions you might have to this discussion!
Hello everyone, as a part of my second year in psychology school i have to write an essay about a topic of my choice, and i have started writing about flashbulb memories. Is there any evidence about the accuracy of flashbulb memories after a tragic event? What does current literature suggest? Any information would be valuable. Thank you in advance.
I am completing a study about why false memories appear so real and would appreciate any real life examples of false memories to analyse
Hello everyone. As part of my assesment on cognitive processes during the second year of my undergraduate degree I try to investigate if memories perceived as flashbulb memories (as defined by Brown and Kulik, 1977) could actually be false memories that have been altered in such a way to fit with the personal schemas of the person that recollects it.
For example, during the recollection of an earthquake, someone recollects his dog barking before the earthquake, even though he did not have a dog until a year after the earthquake. The dog becomes present during the reconstruction processes that fit into the earthquake schema: dogs bark before an earthquake.
Is there any relevant research connecting flashbulb and false memories? What is your percepective on this issue?
Thank you in advance for your time.
I would like to understand how my results fit within the levels of processing framework. However, I am only familiar with the original work that was completed in the 70s.
What sources (preferably review article(s)) might you recommend for obtaining a contemporary understanding of this phenomenon?
I am writing a piece of coursework whereby I am exploring my own personal flashbulb memory and situations whereby I have returned to the area and experienced similar feelings of the situation and also imagery of the situation. I am exploring if flashbulb memories are related in any way to the context that you were in. The rest of the essay explores how flashbulb memories differ in their accuracy of recall depending on whether the event was negative or positive, in my situation this particular event of discussion was negative.
Thanks in advance!
I am writing a piece of coursework where I am looking into similarities and differences between eyewitness testimony and flashbulb memory. Any similarities and differences research which links the two would be appreciated as I am struggling to find any.
Is it possible to create autobiographical memories in a lab? I've seen some experiments about autobiographical memories in labs, but in their procedures the create an event to be recalled later. Alhought we can create events and after ask the participants to answer, how can we tell if we are evaluating episodic memories or autobiographical memories?
Hallo! I'm searching for the MCQ, evaluated by Johnson and colleagues (1988). Have you got any information on the use of the questionnaire in the field of autobiographical memories? Someone can help me to find a copy of the questionnaire? It would help me for assessing if and how narrative can change autobiographical memory retrieval.
It is well established that severely depressed patients have deficits in their autobiographical memory - their memories are 'overgeneral' and lacking in any detail.
Studies suggest that severely depressed patients tend to ruminate on memories of misfortunes in their lives. But if severely depressed people cannot remember the past in any great detail, how can they ruminate with any great detail on only their misfortunes?
Is the answer that rumination is more likely to be found in mild/moderate cases than in the more severe forms of depression?
I am especially interested in clarifying whether variables such as duration of illness, duration of medication, age at onset, hospitalization, number of depressive episodes etc. can be suggested as possible moderators for the relationship between depressiveness (BDI score) and different declarative memory functions in clinically depressed patients. Additionally, I am not quite sure whether to perform a moderation analysis instead of a mediation analysis and if it is a commonly accepted method of choise for this issue.