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Learn Mem. 2019 Oct 15;26(11):455-459. doi: 10.1101/lm.049734.119. Print 2019 Nov.

Better memory for intrinsic versus extrinsic details underlies the enhanced recollective experience of negative events.

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1
Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
2
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland.
3
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
4
Neurology Department, University Hospital Geneva, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland.
5
Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability, University of Geneva 1205 Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

Why we remember emotional events with an increased subjective sense of remembering (SSR) is unclear. SSR for neutral events is linked to memory for various kinds of details. Using the Remember/Know paradigm, participants provided written justifications of their Remember responses indicating what they specifically recollected about a negative or neutral photo seen during encoding. Crucially, Remember responses for negative photos were more often linked to memory for details of the stimuli (intrinsic details) versus details related to external associations (extrinsic details) or emotional reaction at encoding, suggesting that memory for intrinsic details underlies the enhanced SSR of negative stimuli.

PMID:
31615857
PMCID:
PMC6796790
[Available on 2020-11-01]
DOI:
10.1101/lm.049734.119

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