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Cultural and social perspectives on memory

A discussion of the role of cultural and social influence on two of the following: eyewitness testimony, memory distortion, source memory, or recovered memories.

Examining the movie "Forgetting" Retrieved from This video illustrates the reconstructive process of memory through forgetting.
Using information from the video "Forgetting", why is it sometimes important to forget what has been learned?

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Cultural and Social influence:

Social influence can impact our behaviour and memory through conformity, compliance and obedience to authority. Milgram's experiment illustrates how social influence can lead a person to perceive people inaccurately and do them harm.

Conformity: The need to belong causes people to think and say things to fit into a group.

Compliance: People will act and say things to avoid negative reinforcement and stimuli.

Authority: In order to be accepted and liked in a group, people will act and say things accordingly to the leader's wishes.

Effect: cultural and social climate can influence memory. For instance, if there is a cultural and social climate of fear, the anxiety and fear stemming from those in ...

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A discussion of cultural and social perspectives that impact memory such as social climate of fear, conformity, compliance and authority. Also a discussion of how forgetting impacts learning.