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UA - PSYCH 101 - Class Notes - Week 6

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background image 9/21-9/23 Memory Distortion When does memory fail? Schacter identified to recall what he calls the 7 sins of memory People reconstruct events to be consistent Memory bias: people tend to recall their past beliefs and past attitudes 
as being consistent with their current ones
Flash Bulb Memory Vivid recollection of big/catastrophic event -9/11
Von Restorff effect Things that are more dramatic will trigger amygdala and hippocampus Not always accurate Source misattribution: memory distortion that occurs when people 
misremember the time, place, person, or circumstance involved with 
False fame effect: hear a name and you know you’ve heard it before, 
so you assume it’s a famous person
Sleeper effect: hear information for first time and don’t believe it. As 
you hear it more and more from different sources, you get more 
persuaded it’s true
Types of Memory “Amnesia” Source amnesia: when you don’t remember how/when you find out 
information (
-Ex. of young age: Your personality when you were 3. Parents tell  you) -Ex. of adult: being drunk and not remembering
-Ex. of old person: Alzheimer’s makes brain less active and 
myelin sheath deteriorates
Cryptomnesia: we read something and later we misremember it as our 
own idea (not on purpose) 
-Ex.: plagiarism Eyewitness Testimony Most cases of wrongful conviction are a result of incorrect eyewitness 
-Accurate vs. inaccurate  Life/death situation People have a difficult time recognizing faces -In-group vs. out-group People remember better if the person is the same race as 

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School: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Department: Psychology
Course: Intro to Psychology
Professor: Tba
Term: Fall 2016
Name: PY 101, Memory Distortion
Description: Memory Distortion
Uploaded: 10/01/2016
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