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The Cognitive Neuroscience of MindA Tribute to Michael S. Gazzaniga$
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Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Kathleen Baynes, George R. Mangun, and Elizabeth A. Phelps

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014014

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014014.001.0001

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The Contribution of Malleability to Collective Memory

The Contribution of Malleability to Collective Memory

(p.139) 10 The Contribution of Malleability to Collective Memory
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind

William Hirst

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Collective memory, which is shared across a community, helps construct a collective identity and contributes to the development of strong social bonds. This is similar to autobiographical memory, which helps shape personal identity. This chapter discusses how a memory is shared across a community. The malleability of memory plays a role in constructing shared memories, which contributes to collective identity and helps create social bonds. The chapter further explores whether distinct memories of shared experiences can be changed into shared memories through social interactions. Conversations about the past are thought of as the most frequently occurring social interactions, which allow dissimilar memories to become shared as soon as people start talking. When more shared memories emerge, collective memories get deeper and social bonds increase.

Keywords:   collective memory, memories, malleability, conversations, shared experiences, personal identity

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