Switching memory perspective

Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V. ORCID: 0000-0003-3394-2283, Loveday, C. and Conway, M.A., 2017. Switching memory perspective. Consciousness and Cognition, 56, pp. 50-57. ISSN 1053-8100

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Abstract

The perspective in which memories were spontaneously recalled, field (original perspective) or observer (see oneself in the memory), was examined for both recent and remote memories. Recent memories were dominated by field perspective whilst remote memories were dominated by observer perspective. Further, field memories contained reliably more episodic detail than observer memories. After a 1-week interval, the same memories were recalled again but with a switched memory perspective. Switching from an observer to a field perspective did not reliably increase the amount of episodic details in a memory. Switching from field to observer perspective did, however, reliably reduce the number of episodic details. These findings suggest that memories may be represented in long-term memory with a fixed perspective, either field or observer, which can be temporarily altered sometimes changing the nature of a memory, i.e. how much detail remains accessible.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Consciousness and Cognition
Creators: Akhtar, S., Justice, L.V., Loveday, C. and Conway, M.A.
Publisher: Academic Press
Date: 21 October 2017
Volume: 56
ISSN: 1053-8100
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.concog.2017.10.006DOI
S1053810016304962Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 13 Nov 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 10:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32014

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