EMOTION'S IMPACT ON MEMORY:EXAMINING SOME ISSUES

Abstract: Emotion studies are very popular both on scientific and popular circles in the 90s. The aim of this review paper is to select and comment some issues from the best empirical research published on emotion and memory and the interactions observed. The selected issues were: Differences on memory for emotional and common events and for central and peripheral elements of a situation; The effects of retention interval and emotional intensity on memory in naturalistic, autobiographical and laboratory studies; An analysis of the mood congruent memory phenomenon; Dissociation between emotion and memory in neurologic patients; Joint and specific contributions of naturalistic and laboratories studies. It is suggested in conclusion, what seems to be the pattern of findings discovered so far and some criticism is addressed to the perspective that views emotion as a subsidiary factor of cognition.


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