Was that how it happened? Shaping our memory for personal experiences in conversation with others

Joanne Rechdan, Melanie Sauerland, Lorraine Hope, James Ost

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Abstract

Conversations with others can alter our memories for life events. Our purpose in relating a story, and how our audience receives it, are factors that influence our selection of what details to include. The account we produce on one occasion may be maintained in subsequent retellings. Ultimately, we may report--and in some case come to believe--narratives that are not entirely factual. In this article, we will discuss research on the processes through which our conversations with others can affect how we recall experienced events.
Original languageEnglish
Volume7
No.31
Specialist publicationIn-Mind
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • conversational remembering
  • memory distortions
  • retrieval induced
  • forgettting
  • recontructive memory
  • recalling experienced events

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