15 Facts About Autobiographical memory


Autobiographical memory is a memory system consisting of episodes recollected from an individual's life, based on a combination of episodic and semantic memory.

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Conway and Pleydell-Pearce proposed that autobiographical memory is constructed within a self-memory system, a conceptual model composed of an autobiographical knowledge base and the working self.

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Autobiographical memory serves three broad functions: directive, social, and self-representative.

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Directive function of autobiographical memory uses past experiences as a reference for solving current problems and a guide for our actions in the present and the future.

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Social function of autobiographical memory develops and maintains social bonds by providing material for people to converse about.

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The effects of mood on Autobiographical memory are explained in better detail under the Emotion section.

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The many factors that contribute to determining Autobiographical memory perspective are not affected by whether the recall of the Autobiographical memory was voluntary or involuntary.

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The effect of mood-congruent Autobiographical memory, wherein the mood of an individual can influence the mood of the memories they recall, is a key factor in the development of depressive symptoms for conditions such as dysphoria or major depressive disorder.

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Specific Autobiographical memory recall can further be inhibited by significant psychological trauma occurring in comorbidity.

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Piolino, Desgranges, Benali, and Eustache investigated age effects on autobiographical memory using an autobiographical questionnaire that distinguished between the recall of semantic and episodic memory.

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Research on autobiographical memory has focused on voluntary memories, memories that are deliberately recalled; nevertheless, research has evidenced differential effects of age on involuntary and voluntary autobiographical memory.

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False Autobiographical memory syndrome is a controversial condition in which people demonstrate conviction for vivid but false personal memories.

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Professionals such as therapists, police and lawyers must be aware of the malleability of Autobiographical memory and be wary of techniques that might promote false Autobiographical memory generation.

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Autobiographical memory memories are initially constructed in left prefrontal neural networks.

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Autobiographical memory maintenance is predominantly observed as changing patterns of activity within posterior sensory regions; more specifically, occipitotemporal regions of the right hemisphere.

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