Flashbulb Memories

Flashbulb memories are often the most vivid and salient individuals can recall. Surprisingly, these memories are often not as accurate as we might think. This afternoon, I discussed our recollection of 9/11/11 with my roommate who was in my 5th grade class on that date. We both felt very confident that our memories were of near perfect accuracy. Despite many similarities in our recollections, we did have a few differences in the details of the event. This simple, personal anecdote illustrates the general misperception of the accuracy of flashbulb memories.

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