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Search the latest literature and identify an area of research on memory or amnesia (related to biological basis) and support by primary research studies. An example of an appropriate research topic is LTP or infantile amnesia. I have to put together a paper and I do not know what to topic or where to begin.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. I see that you are asking for help in putting together a solution that expounds a particular area of research interest in the subject of memory. You are indicating as an example of such a field infantile amnesia. In other words, as long as it falls within this particular area of interest - memory - it is acceptable. I suggest looking into the topic of 'flashbulb memory' which is a very interesting topic in forensic psychology. To make sure that you have structure in your answer, use an outline. I suggest thus:

1. Introduction - what is the paper about?
2. On flashbulb memory - what is it?
3. On memory & emotions
4. Flashbulb memory in the life narrative & in forensic psychology

Before formulating your content, try and visited the listed online resources below. I think you will find this particular topic interesting as it is of great relevance to criminologists. Good luck with your studies.

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Topics of research in Memory: Flashbulb Memory


There are a host of topics that fall under the heading of 'memory' in the study of psychology. Memory is the process by which information is captured, encoded, stored and then retrieved (the process of recall). Memory is an important function of the human mind as it is a fundamental element in the creation of personality and the ability of man to function and be 'social'. Without memory, personalities and identities will be absent being that it is via the function of memory that identities develop through the process of socialization. As such it is also an important topic in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. But memory as a phenomenon is not unique to humans - animals functioning with a nervous system have their own form of memory - that is, information encoding storage and retrieval. Memory is based on experience and it is experience that 'teaches' and shapes the individual, human or otherwise, regarding a particular thing, event, situation or idea. Of a host of topics in memory, one of great interest to me is the phenomenon of 'flashbulb memory' as it highlights how emotion is connected to the strength of memory encoding. This short discussion explores this phenomenon.

On Flashbulb Memory

What is flashbulb memory? Simply put, it is a highly detailed, extremely vivid recollection of a highly charged event where the emotions of the event have had such strong impact. Whatever the event or experience is, whether negative (as in traumatic), or positive (as in achieving a ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in putting together a research paper in the subject area of memory. The solution is about putting together a paper on the specialized topic of flashbulb memory and suggests an outline for such a research paper. A essay-narrative based on this outline is also provided, which contains key information about the topic following APA-standard citation. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic

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Flashblub Memory Discussion on the 9-1-1 Terrorist Attack

1). What are your thoughts on the content of this discussion below as it relates to flashblub memory. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

This person reflected back on the events that occurred on September 11, 2001 and this person will report as many details as they can remember about that day. This person may discuss which details appear to be clearer than others are.

2). Did you notice in this person's remembrance of that day whether any of the details were different than yours?

3). Did this person remember any details about that day that you did not?

In addition, this person will discuss what current research suggests about the accuracy of flashbulb memories.

This is their discussion:

One event that happened on September 11, 2001 that I know everyone remembers is the terrorist attack in America. The Twin Towers in New York were one of the targets; the Pentagon, and the White House were the other targets. I remember well waking up to get my daughters ready for school, turning on the Channel 4 news and then watching the first plane smash into one of the Twin Towers. I remember, saying "what movie is this?", and then the second plane hit the other Tower. I remember waking my husband up; he could not believe what had happened. I remember the firefighters trying to contain the situation, but to no avail. Their lives and other civilians' lives were overtaken by this attack. The reports came from the morning news live and that made it factual. I remember being in total disbelief.

What does current research suggest about the accuracy of flashbulb memories?

Flashbulb memory involves memory for the source of event information as opposed to memory for the event itself( Davidson, Cook, Glisky, Verfaellie, and Rapcsak). They also stated that new studies suggest that flashbulb memories arise simply when a person witnesses events first hand not from any special neural process.

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