How our brains make the most of recalling bad memories

Irish Times:

CAN NEGATIVE emotions help memory? It seems they can, under certain circumstances, according to a new study published in Psychological Science.

Researchers asked students to study lists of Swahili words and their translations into English, then the students were asked to recall the meanings.

After each correct answer, the students were shown a negative image, a neutral picture or a blank screen. When that first test was over, they did a quick multiplication exercise, then the students were quizzed again on the Swahili- English items.

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Interesting, but how about an inability to screen unwanted negative memories which plague one? That is, as one is older, negative memories which are constantly being recalled unconciously? In a manner similar to PTSD, but much more mundane (though just as painful and distressing for the individual).

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