Are Flashbulb memories special or ordinary memory formations? Are emotional, cognitive, or social factors highly relevant for the formation of Flashbulb memories? How can sociological, historical, and cultural issues help us to understand the process? What is the difference between Flashbulb memories, memories of traumatic experiences, and highly vivid personal memories? How can we provide a valid and reliable measure for Flashbulb memories?

This edition of Flashbulb Memories: New Challenges and Future Perspectives revisits these questions, considering significant new evidence and research in the field. It now includes additional chapters focusing on experimental investigations, and review studies on positive vs. negative Flashbulb memories.

Bringing together leading international researchers, the book presents significant progress in this area of research, which has remained divisive for the past 40 years. The discussion of Flashbulb memories also contributes to the understanding of the general functioning of autobiographical memory. It will provide essential reading for researchers in Flashbulb memories and will be of great interest to those in related areas such as cognitive psychology, social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, sociology, political sciences, and history, as well as clinicians dealing with those who have strong Flashbulb memories after personal traumatic events.

chapter |10 pages


How research on Flashbulb memories has developed in the last ten years
ByOlivier Luminet, Antonietta Curci

chapter 1|20 pages

Measurement issues in the study of Flashbulb memory

ByAntonietta Curci

chapter 2|17 pages

Flashbulb memory methods

ByDaniel B. Wright, Marianna E. Carlucci

chapter 4|23 pages

Ordinary memory processes shape Flashbulb memories of extraordinary events

A review of 40 years of research
ByJennifer M. Talarico, David C. Rubin

chapter 5|23 pages

The consequences of consequentiality

ByJasmen Rice, Karina Hamamouche, John N. Bohannon

chapter 6|18 pages

When a flash is caught in a lab

An experimental approach to the investigation of Flashbulb memories
ByTiziana Lanciano, Antonietta Curci, Giuseppe Sartori

chapter 7|24 pages

Flashbulb, personal, and event memories in clinical populations

ByMichelle J. Tat, Carl A. Gold, Andrew E. Budson

chapter 9|19 pages

Flashbulb memories and social identity 1

ByDorthe Berntsen

chapter 10|18 pages

Aligning Flashbulb and collective memories 1

ByWilliam Hirst, Robert Meksin

chapter 11|21 pages

Flashbulb memories and collective memories

Psychosocial processes related to rituals, emotions, and memories
ByDario Páez, Anderson Mathias, Stefano Cavalli, Eduardo Guichard, José Joaquín Pizarro, Lander Méndez, Sofián El-Astal

chapter 12|23 pages

Culture in Flashbulb memory

ByQi Wang, Cagla Aydin

chapter 13|9 pages

The study of Flashbulb memories

The good, the bad, and the way forward
ByLucy V. Justice, Shazia Akhtar, Martin A. Conway