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Seminar on the Effects of Emotion on Memory
PSYC 319
Spring 2015
Section: 01  

Most Americans believe they will never forget what they saw on September 11, 2001. After witnessing a crime, people remember having looked directly at the criminal's face. It is sometimes said that it is easy to remember the good times and to forget the bad. Each of these ideas reflects a false belief that people have about how emotion influences memory. This seminar will examine these and other false beliefs through discussion of theoretical and empirical research examining memory and related processes. Over the semester, we will cover the main areas of research on emotional memory, with each week motivated by different questions. We will discuss how emotion guides memory and attention across the adult lifespan, and will answer questions such as: What do people look at in emotional situations? Why do older adults focus on positive information to a greater extent than younger adults? And what are the memorial consequences of Game of Thrones' exposition scenes?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC221 OR PSYC208 OR PSYC220 OR PSYC227
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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