Why It's Easier To Remember Emotional Events

January 21, 2015 6:18 PM

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When we experience a highly emotional time in our lives -- such as a wedding or break-up, childbirth or even major historical events like 9/11 -- we tend to remember it for good. But why are eventful times more vividly recalled than the less notable days, weeks and months that slip from our minds?

A robust body of previous research has shown that the more emotional impact a memory has -- either positive or negative -- the more vividly we will recall its details and the more likely it will be stored in long-term memory.

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