Fall 2017

Autobiographical Memory

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-368

Formerly listed as: PSYC-68


Matthew Schulkind (Section 01)


Autobiographical memory encompasses everything we know about our personal past, from information as mundane as our Social Security number to the most inspirational moments of our lives. The course will begin by evaluating several theoretical frameworks that structure the field. We will consider how personal knowledge influences our sense of self and will examine both the contents of autobiographical memory and the contexts in which it functions, including eyewitness testimony, flashbulb memories, and the false/recovered memory controversy. We will discuss individual differences (gender and age) in autobiographical memory and will also examine the neurobiology of long-term memory and the consequences of damage to the system (i.e., dementia and amnesia). Finally, we will explore how social groups retain memories for important cultural events.

Requisite: PSYC 233 or 234. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Schulkind.

If Overenrolled: Priority to psychology majors by seniority and then other students by seniority.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2021