Profile: Jennifer Talarico
Assoc. Prof., Psychology
I am a cognitive psychologist who studies how individuals remember personally-experienced events (i.e., autobiographical memory). I have studied how memories for emotional events are similar to and different from other, non-emotional events, for example, showing that our memories for hearing about the September 11th terrorist attacks are no more accurate than everyday memories, even though we think that they are and that angry memories are more likely to include central details than are happy memories. My collaborators and I have also examined how we assess memories of the past, showing that the belief that the event occurred (to you, in the past), the sense of recollection (i.e., re-experiencing the past in the present), and the belief that the details of the event that you are re-experiencing are an accurate reflection of the event itself are all separable components of remembering.
NoteStreams By Jennifer Talarico
Disney/Pixar’s newest film, Inside Out, tells the story of 11-year-old Riley and her difficulty dealing with a family move to San Francisco. The film is getting a lot of attention for its depiction of emotion and memory.
It isn’t surprising that many Bostonians have vivid memories of the 2013 Marathon bombing, or that many New Yorkers have very clear memories about where they were and what they were doing on 9/11. But many individuals who were not onsite for these attacks, or not even in Boston on April 15, 2013 or in New York on September 1,1 2001 also have vivid memories of how they learned about these events. Why would people who were not immediately or directly affected have such a long-lasting sense of knowing exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news?