ABSTRACT

The link between emotional experience and memory poses many intriguing questions. How do emotion and memory influence one another? Under what circumstances does an emotion trigger the recollection of a prior event? Is emo­ tion acting in the same manner as other environmental contexts, such as a particular scent or a distinctive sound, to remind us of prior experiences? Or is there something different, perhaps unique, about emotional memory? Perhaps emotions serve as retrieval cues that we use as part of a conscious recollection strategy. Or do emotions influence remembering in more subtle, imperceptible ways?