Seminar on the Effects of Emotion on Memory|
Spring 2019 not offered
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?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC221 OR PSYC208 OR PSYC220 OR PSYC227
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Kensinger, E. A. (2009). EMOTIONAL MEMORY ACROSS THE ADULT LIFESPAN. Psychology Press. ISBN-13: 978-1841694832 ISBN-10: 1841694835.
Sample of Articles
Christianson, S. A. (1992). Emotional stress and eyewitness memory: a critical review. PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN, 112(2), 284-309.
Blanchette, I. (2006). Snakes, spiders, guns, and syringes: How specific are evolutionary constraints on the detection of threatening stimuli? THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 59(8), 1484-1504.
Kensinger, E. A., & Schacter, D. L. (2006). When the Red Sox shocked the Yankees: Comparing negative and positive memories. PSYCHONOMIC BULLETIN & REVIEW, 13(5), 757-763.
Laney, C., & Loftus, E. F. (2005). Traumatic memories are not necessarily accurate memories. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 50(13), 823-828.
Mather, M., & Carstensen, L. L. (2005). Aging and motivated cognition: The positivity effect in attention and memory. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 9(10), 496-502.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly reaction papers / article questions, an article presentation, and Final Research Proposal.