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Detailed memories and negative events

25 August 2016

A new study reported on our Research Digest finds that we tend to interpret negative events recounted in detail as being more serious, the longer ago that they happened.

According to a recent report in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied detailed accounts of older events are seen to be more significant, due to a general belief that people only tend to remember the most important details from past events. So if someone can still remember the negative aspects of older events in great detail, surely that means it must have been really bad?

For more information on the how and why of this phenomenon, plus why its implications may not be quite as black and white as they seem, head on over to our Research Digest blog.

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