flashbulb memory

Assignment based on flashbulb memory and its involvement to us humans.

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 2 outside scholarly sources

Flashbulb memories are memories about a specific event that are so vivid it creates a “snapshot” of the event. Examples of well-known flashbulb memory events include the 9/11 attacks, Challenger disaster, and the MLK or JFK assassinations.

Research the phenomenon of flashbulb memories. Discuss the major theorists, main characteristics of flashbulb memories and the major criticisms of these types of memories. Now, identify a personal example of a flashbulb memory and describe in detail what you were doing when you heard the news of this event (what was the time? who were you with? what was the first thing you thought of when you heard the news?).

Thinking back to when your flashbulb memory event occurred. How confident are you about the accuracy of your responses about this event? Is the experience of your flashbulb memory event consistent with the characteristics and/or criticisms of flashbulb memories?

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 2-3 pages (not including Title and References pages)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Running header in the upper left of all pages
  • Page number in the upper right of all pages
  • Parenthetical in-text citations included and formatted in APA style
  • References page (a minimum of 2 outside scholarly sources plus the textbook and/or the weekly lesson)

Requirements: A well written answer to each question given.

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According to Curci, Lanciano, Curtotti, & Sartori (2020), flashbulb memories refer to the graphic retrieval of information from one’s memory when they are reminded about a matter of public significance. This kind of memory is distinct from first-hand memories, which require an individual t personally experience the occurrence of an event. Flashbulb memories commonly occur when one gets information from the media or a third party. The occurrences of these events are often matters of public importance, and once the media relay the information, it takes a massive toll on the masses. The events that solicit flashbulb memories include the assassination of a public figure, charged political proceedings, and national disasters such as an earthquake. Bohn and Berntsen (2007) argue that, contrary to popular belief, these Flashbulb memories do not have to be necessarily caused by the occurrence of adverse events. Positive events may also occasion Flashbulb memories. They point out that events such as the great Berlin wall’s demolition solicited Flashbulb memories amongst the public.