First Impression Ch. 8 (Option 2)

Our memories are moments in life that we cherish or moments that we want to forget. Memories can be made with our friends and family but sometimes people remember moments that others do not. There are instances in life when we can remember specific details and exactly what happened. Flashbulb memories are clear memories of an emotional significant time or event, and 9/11 was one of those times. I can remember when I was around fours years old when my family lived at our old house. I remember digging holes in the sand and accidentally getting some sand in the neighbor boy’s eyes. I was frightened that I would get in trouble so I ran to my room and left him there crying. I remember that I was wearing a purple Gap sweatshirt for some reason. Why do we remember certain times in our lives? I think the answer to that question is we remember how we felt at that moment. I remember feeling scared and thinking about what will happen next. We remember the times we felt happy, shocked, overwhelmed, or proud. Feelings may play a large role in what we remember and what we do not remember. For example, 9/11 and President Kennedy’s assassination caused people to feel scared, grievous, and shock. On the other hand, there are also memories from when you spent the day with friends, a result after a game with your team, things people said to you, etc. Due to people sharing their memories and thinking about that details of what happened, many times people can remember what happened and retell an accurate description. 

Sometimes parents videotape their kids, and their kids may or may not remember what they were doing. Years later if the child that was videotaped watches the tape of a happy moment in their life, like a birthday party, they may remember that moment differently now that they are older. Sometimes it is hard to tell if our memories are accurate. One study that could be done is have someone record a child at certain celebrations and several years later have that child say what they remember happened at those certain instances in their life. After time it can be hard to know exactly what happened. Not every detail is remembered, like the weather, but it would be interesting to know exactly why.

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1 thought on “First Impression Ch. 8 (Option 2)”

  1. I like how you set up this first impression! It was a good idea to introduce what a memory is in the beginning before getting into detail. The memory you seem to remember from your childhood resembles a flashbulb memory. I compare these two because you seem to have near-perfect memory of an event that has happened years ago. That is precisely the exact definition of a flashbulb memory. You remember details such as what color shirt you were wearing and even what brand. That is pretty detailed and, in my opinion, impressive. I also think the answer you gave to the question of why we remember such memories, is true. I think a moment needs to have some significance, i.e trauma, happiness, sadness, scared, for us to intently remember them. Memory is often stored information, therefore we need working memory for it to be brought up into our train of thought. My question would be then, when you had your flashbulb memory, did you have a retrieval cue of some sort that caused your memory to come into your working memory?
    Moving on to your next paragraph that you wrote, you bring up a good idea about video taping and then letting the child watch the video and see if they recall it just the same. However, by doing so this might cause the child to say they remember such detail but really they don’t. The video itself could be a retrieval cue. In my opinion, there is no perfect or great way to test and measure someone’s memory.

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