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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Functions of Human Emotional Memory

Functions of Human Emotional Memory

The Brain and Emotion

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8 (p.173) Functions of Human Emotional Memory
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The Memory Process
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Edmund T. Rolls

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.003.0009

This chapter takes an approach to human emotion and memory that takes into account different types of emotional memory, considering how conscious, rational, and unconscious processing both take part in emotion as two separate processing systems for different types of emotional memory. With different goals, the systems have somewhat different perspectives on emotional events. Furthermore, the implicit system has the tendency to influence the explicit system without awareness of that influence and with confabulation occurring. It is also shown here how “noise” in the brain caused by the random spike timing of neuronal firings makes the brain a nondeterministic system. This new theory generates hypotheses on recall decisions in memory processing that help reveal underlying aspects of both scientific and literary creativity.

Keywords:   emotion, memory, emotional memory, emotional events, implicit system, explicit system, confabulation, noise in the brain, neuronal firings, nondeterministic system

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