Discussion Questions

  1. What are some flashbulb memories you have? What about them are so memorable?

  2. Do you think eyewitness testimony should be admissible? Why?

  3. Given what you know about the environment’s role in learning and remembering do you think students are at a disadvantage during finals week when exams are often scheduled on different days, times or classrooms?

  4. Which do you believe makes memory recall more difficult, proactive interference or retroactive interference? Have you had an experience that supports your answer?

  5. The hippocampus is critically required in the formation of long-term memories, but it is not the site of long-term memory storage. Given that memories are encoded in the way the information is initially processed (auditorily, visually, olfactory, etc.) what types of memories do you think are the 1) least vulnerable to disruption and 2) most vulnerable to disruption?