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Positive vs. Fearful Emotions: Impact on Memory

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Explain the difference between positive emotions on memory and stressful or fearful emotions on memory. Why do positive life experiences last in long-term memory, while stressful or fearful life experiences are often lost or buried in people's memories?

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The solution provides a discussion on the connection of memory and emotions, explaining the impact of positive and negative emotions on memory with a focus on long-term memory and positive emotions as well as on negative/fearful emotions and lost/repressed memories. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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On Memory and Emotions

As human beings, we depend on memory to learn and to make sense of the world around us, allowing us to survive. Memory is the process of storing, retaining and then retrieving information. When we learn of the world around us from our experiences, in school, in our families, in our communities and through the media, for example, the information is then stored, and dependent upon importance, retained and retrieved when needed (or when it ...

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