The Fallibility of 9/11 Memories

The Fallibility of 9/11 Memories


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Abstract / Summary
How confident are you in your memories? After a dramatic, emotionally charged event such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, people describe their memories of the event as being “etched” or “burned” into their minds. And their confidence that such recollections are completely accurate is abnormally high compared with ordinary memories. Does this notion of a “flashbulb memory” hold up against the data? Cognitive neuroscientist Elizabeth Phelps details a study conducted on September 12, 2001 regarding the memories surrounding this tragic event, as well as brain imaging experiments her lab has conducted. The results of which are counterintuitive and sometimes difficult to accept.
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Psychology, Social Sciences, Psychology & Counseling, Cognitive Psychology, Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction, Repeated Measures, Observation Methods, Repeated Measures, Observation Methods, Psicología Cognitiva, Psicologia Cognitiva, Elizabeth F. Loftus, 1944-, Intelligence, Cognition, and Memory
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Psicología Cognitiva, Psicologia Cognitiva

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