The most popular topic of investigation within the realm of everyday memory has no doubt been autobiographical memory. A person’s history is at the core of his or her identity. It should not surprise you that autobiographical memories are as varied as the people who produce them. Your course text, Cognitive Psychology: Applying the Science of the Mind, lists six characteristics that distinguish autobiographical memories and facts. For this discussion, respond to the following:
- How do autobiographical memories and autobiographical facts differ from each other? Give an example of each.
- Include at least three of the six characteristic differences listed in your course text.
- From your experience and what you have learned about the differences, how would you say that autobiographical memories influence autobiographical facts? Provide an example or two to illustrate your thinking.