Emotion may improve ability to recall memories, study finds

January 21, 2015 6:39 PM

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Emotion may improve ability to recall memories, study finds

On any given day, at any given moment, a memory is formed. Whether it’s a job promotion, a meaningful game or the start of a new relationship, it’s a moment that the brain can later recall. However, according to a New York University study, as time goes on, recovered memories can be altered by the emotions tied to it.

“We’re continuously monitoring our environment, and, in the process, accumulating countless details,” Joseph Dunsmoor, lead study author and post-doctoral fellow at NYU said. “We forget most of these details, but these new findings suggest that meaningful or emotional events can selectively preserve...

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