The original post: "Regarding a very common yet potentially debilitating occurrence that we observe, let's take a look at this. Many people who experience either direct or indirect trauma respond in different ways, but one common occurrence that happens is that they may be able to recall every detail and still have difficulty talking about it.
Why are people able to remember what they were doing when certain catastrophes occurred (e.g., terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, the Challenger disaster, etc.)?"
This topic deals with the impressions that certain large-scale, somewhat public, traumas have on an individual level.
The theory of flashbulb memory seems to be regularly invoked when it comes to explaining such observations, such as the example of the local and international public on 9/11. These are typified as a particular form of autobiographical memory, hence the sense of vividness, but with ...
This solutions with the question of how deeply large-scale or even public traumas can affect individuals, including the accuracy and validity of their accounts. Includes 2 references.