Flashbulb Memory

By: Kaleigh McCarthy, Sydney Gardenhire

Why we chose Flashbulb Memory:

We chose Flashbulb Memory mainly because it is an interesting topic to research, and we wanted to know more about it. Researching Flashblub memory will help us learn more about our own memory and to be able to share it with others.

What is Flashbulb Memory?

Flashbulb Memory is a vivid memory that is retained for a lifetime. Flashbulb Memories usually occur when something either traumatic or life changing occurs. Although the memory is embedded in your mind it may not always be precise.

The Brain

What is going on in your brain during a flashbulb memory?
Studies show that the more emotional the memory is, the more vivid it becomes. These emotions engage in the amygdala. Your memory can be increased by shocking events. The more shocking your event becomes the more likely the flashbulb memory will develop.

What parts of your brain are being used at this time?
There are two main parts that are being used. These are the amygdala and the hippocampus. The amygdala regulates the encoding, storing, and retrival of the memory. The hippocampus is he center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system.

Research on flashbulb memory:

Flashbulb memory was found by Brown and Kulik in 1977. They both believed that although flashbulb memories are permanent, they are not always accessible for long term memory. There is a shortage on research regaurding flashbulb memory. But, when researched it tends to be focused on public negative events such as historical events. The experience of a surprising event is hard to control and study.

Interesting facts about flashbulb memory:

- Younger adults form flashbulb memories easier than adults.
- Flashbulb memories occur more often in men then women.
- Flashbulb memories are assosiated with important historical or audio events.
- One reason that flashbulb memories are remebered is because these memories are told over and over again.
Flashbulb Memories