Memory is a fickle thing. Just ask Jason Bourne. Or Dory from "Finding Nemo." Or Guy Pearce in "Memento." (Boy, there sure are a lot of movies about characters with amnesia.) The point is: many factors can affect the way we remember. Previous research tells us that emotional experiences are better remembered than non-emotional ones. A 2017 study published in Nature Neuroscience goes even further: the way emotions sharpen our memories can extend beyond the emotional experience itself via what the authors call "emotional hangovers." People are better able to remember details of non-emotional experiences if they occur after an emotional experience.
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Key Facts In This Video
Implicit memory (like how to talk or ride a bike) is retention independent of conscious recollection. 01:21
Some memories are state-dependent or mood-congruent, meaning if you've had a bad day you're more likely to recall bad memories. 03:33
The serial positioning effect is the tendency to recall best the last and first items in a list. 04:04
Memory is both a reconstruction and a reproduction of past events. 08:36
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