Thursday, September 13, 2012
Accuracy and Flashbulb Memories
Do you know how accurate your flashbulb memories are? Flashbulb memories are usually extremely vivid and have some personal significance for the individual. For the person recalling these vivid memories, they often seem to be more accurate than everyday less vivid memories. This may not actually be the case, however. For example, in one study, both flashbulb memories of 9/11 and everyday memories were found to deteriorate over time. For the individual having the flashbulb memories, however, the reported vividness, recollection, and personal belief in the accuracy of the memories remained high.