How emotions influence memory, attention, and decision-making


Week 4 Assignment: Research Memory, Attention, and Decision-Making

Activity Description

For this task, you will write a cohesive paper addressing how emotions influence memory, attention, and decision-making. Your paper should include an overview of the research on false memory, flashbulb memories, recovered memories, selective attention, and decision-making. Please include at least 5 recent peer-reviewed articles to support your work.

Length: 5 pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Last week, you examined the interdependence between emotion and cognition. This week, you continue your exploration of this concept.

Making an appraisal or a decision can influence how emotions are experienced, but emotional states can also influence cognitive processes. For instance, are memories for emotional events accurate? If someone is an eyewitness to a crime, this is certainly an emotional event! Is the eyewitness testimony for this event accurate and should it be used to convict someone of a crime

As you may be aware, memory is not a unitary construct. Most researchers agree that memory can be divided into sensory memory, working memory, and long-term memory. Long-term memory can be further subdivided into implicit and explicit memory. Implicit memory and explicit memory can also be further divided (see below).