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Gabriel A. Radvansky and Jeffrey M. Zacks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898138.001.0001

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Autobiographical Memory

Autobiographical Memory

Chapter:
(p.149) 8 Autobiographical Memory
Source:
Event Cognition
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Gabriel A. Radvansky

Jeffrey M. Zacks

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898138.003.0008

This chapter focuses on long-term memory that is particularly event specific: autobiographical memory. Autobiographical memories are memories of the events of our lives, usually in large-scale terms. They make up our own personal narratives of who we are and what we’ve experienced. Autobiographical memory is related to episodic memory in the sense that it captures the various events in which we’ve been involved. However, autobiographical memories are more highly structured and more interpretive. They include aspects of experience that are not directly observable parts of events, such as our understanding of why something happened, what our and other people’s goals are, and the unifying threads that join many smaller events into the rich tapestry of life. In this way, autobiographic memories often bring together events that are separated in time but that share some underlying theme in our life narrative.

Keywords:   autobiographical, memory, cuing, self, hierarchical, structure, reminiscence bump, inhibition

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