Monday, April 12, 2010

Flashbulb-memories of JFK's assassination may not be so accurate

This article talks about an accuracy of flashbulb-memory in our minds. It tells us the flashbulb memory may not be accurate as we think, using the example of assassination of President John F.Kennedy. As we learned, the flashbulb memory is a type of long-term memory of big events. Along with the events, people also remember the circumstances of that moment, such as the place where they were, what they were doing when they heard the news. It is very clear, detailed memories which remains in our brain for a long time. It seems to be and we feel like its accurate. However, James V. Wertsch, Ph.D., the professor in Arts&Sciences and psychology said, we are certain about the real events, but the details that flash in our minds are not always correct. It could get made up and inaccurately formed by re-telling the story and remembering the events afterwards. Also, he said, as soon as we begin to talk about the event, the details begin to distort. I still remember the moment I saw 9/11 news on television. I'm sure about the happening, but the situation and circumstances at that moment have been changed over the time. 

Following Wertsch, interestingly, if we experience traumatic events between our ages 18 and 25, it affects on our world view, political interpretation and framework for the rest of the life. 

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