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Emotion and memory

When remembering an emotional event, you recall not only what happened, but also how you felt - an emotional memory. Both sorts of memory can be triggered by something you heard, saw or even smelt, at the time. Scientists think that you store early emotional memories, even if you cannot remember what actually happened. These memories may still affect you as adults.

Emotional memories can last a very long time.
Emotional memories can last a very long time.
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