The brain has a special mechanism for storing emotional memories, with a brain area dedicated to storing highly accurate memories for emotional events.

In this project, students will explore an issue in Cognitive Psychology in which public opinion or belief is not consistent with scientific data on the topic. Students will collect information from multiple sources, including advertisements, news sources, social media, and scientific sources. They then will analyze the information collected from each source, including the credibility of the author, the type of information (anecdotal versus scientific), sources of potential bias and reasons for bias in the presented information, and the conclusions that can be drawn from the information. They will then draw their own conclusion supported by the empirical evidence. Scientific writing style (maximum 3 short direct quotes) Required format Introduction (1 paragraph) Public perception (approx. 3 pages, cites media sources) Scientific reality (approx. 3-4 pages, cites scientific sources) Conclusion (1 paragraph) Chadha, M. (2019). Reconstructing memories, deconstructing the self. Mind & Language, 34(1), 121-138. doi:10.1111/mila.12204 Stern, P. (2016). Storing emotional memories. Science, 351(6276), 930-931. doi:10.1126/science.351.6276.930-e Emmerdinger, K., Kuhbandner, C., & Berchtold, F. (2018). Testing emotional memories: Does negative emotional significance influence the benefit received from testing? Cognition and Emotion, 32(4), 852-859. doi:10.1080/02699931.2017.1359496 LeDoux, J. E. (n.d.). Emotional memory. Retrieved from http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Emotional_memory http://news.mit.edu/2014/brain-circuit-links-emotion-memory-0827 Emotional memory systems in the brain. (2003, March 07). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0166432893900914