Flashbulb Memories

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What is a Flashbulb Memory?
A vivid memory of a traumatic or shocking event that is long lasting
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What are the 3 explanations?
Evolutionary, Neural Mechanisms in the Temporal or Frontal lobe, and the Amygdala.
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What is the Evolutionary Explanation?
People often remember the actual time and what they were doing at the time of hearing a shocking event, as if the moment has frozen in time and was exactly preserved.
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What did Brown and Kulik proposed?
That the vividness and duration of the event may have a survival advantage as they would lead us to be ALERT to such dangers in the future. E.g. we remember to avoid it in the future.
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What does early work suggests?
That FBM may be preserved in the neural mechanisms in the frontal or temporal lobe and that they were LARGELY immune to normal forgetting. It has been demonstrated that detailed FBM can be forgotten.
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What was Neisser and Harsch's research?
They interviewed people the day after their space shuttle exploded and again 3 years later. Found that there were inconsistencies in recall when interviewed 3 yrs later. Not long lasting, and contradicts FBM.
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What did Sharont et al indicate?
That the amygdala is involved because it is associated with extreme emotion.
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