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Could you please do an "objective" conversational response on how this person has done on their discussion on their discussion on memory? Your expert objective response should contribute thoughtful, unique and interesting information to add to their discussion.

This is their discussion:

I chose to write about "Why We Forget." Forgetting can occur for many reasons. "Forgetting is adaptive. We need to forget some things if we wish to remember efficiently. I found this topic very interesting. There are many different theories on forgetting. The decay theory occurs when information in one's memory eventually disappears if it is not addressed once in a while. The replacement theory discusses that a new memory can replace that of an old memory. The interference theory is when similar information interferes with one another in either the storing of information or retrieval of information.
When we need to remember something, we rely on retrieval cues (tidbits of information that help us find the information that we are seeking). Cue dependent forgetting is when one lacks retrieval cues leading to the inability to remember. Someone can give you details about an event which will help trigger a memory that you think that you have forgotten. Remembering may also be easier when you are in the same place as you were when the event occurred.

I was most interested in the readings about "mood-congruent memory" and amnesia. "Mood-congruent memory is the tendency to remember experiences that are consistent with one's current mood and overlook or forget experiences that are not. For example, one is feeling sad; they are more likely to recall unhappy memories in which they feel as if they are justifying their feelings. This allows them to keep their unhappy feelings at a constant or fall deeper into their "depressed" feelings.

As we all know, amnesia is the loss of one's memory. Amnesia is most commonly caused by some sort of brain injury or disease. However, there are some cases in which one might forget an event to escape certain feelings (embarrassment, shock, disappointment); this is called psychogenic amnesia. Psychogenic amnesia usually occurs directly after an event and usually ends suddenly. Traumatic amnesia, allegedly involves the burying of traumatic events for a long period of time. When the memory returns it is often extremely accurate and is usually immune to the effects of the decay theory. Sigmund Freud argued that the mind defends itself from unwelcome and upsetting memories through the repression.

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This individual does a very good job in their discussion concerning memory, largely due to the fact that they discuss many of the theories regarding why we forget certain ...

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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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