The brain holds on to emotionally-charged events

The brain associates similar situations which is why you are often reminded of similar events in the past. Releasing the emotional connection to a memory helps you forget and integrate the event.

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  • Memory and Learning @ The Brain from Top to Bottom

    Excerpt: Your emotional state when an event occurs can greatly influence your memory of it. Thus, if an event is very upsetting, you will form an especially vivid memory of it. For example, many people remember where they were when they learned about President Kennedy’s assassination, or about the attacks of September 11, 2001. The processing of emotionally-charged events in memory involves norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that is released in larger amounts when we are excited or tense. As Voltaire put it, that which touches the heart is engraved in the memory.

  • Emotion and memory @ Wikipedia

    Excerpt: Emotion can have a powerful impact on memory. Numerous studies have shown that the most vivid autobiographical memories tend to be of emotional events, which are likely to be recalled more often and with more clarity and detail than neutral events.

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