chapter  11
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“Say, That Reminds me!” A Study of Spontaneous Recall

Every person has experienced the unexpected or spontaneous recall of a past event. While attention is directed elsewhere, a memory surfaces, its evocation often triggered by a chance encounter with a stimulus resembling the whole or perhaps only a part of it. If not dismissed as a mere distraction, the unsolicited memory may give rise to fertile associations and novel reinterpretations of the past.