Functions of everyday memories (FEM)

  • Hansen, Tia G. B. (Project Manager)
  • Eriksen, Svante (Project Participant)
  • de la Mata Benítez, Manuel Luis (Project Participant)
  • Santamaría Santigosa, Andrés (Project Participant)

Project Details


What functions may recollections serve that arise in the course of, e.g., a bus ride, a dinner preparation, or a conversation? After decades of research on memory structure and process, the question of memory function is now being posed anew. Recent theories of autobiographical memory suggest that recollection serve at least three general functions: preservation of self, preservation of social relations, and guidance for action. Other literatures (reminiscence, gender development, lifespan development, etc.) add additional perspectives. Our project investigates young adults' perceived use of naturally occurring memories, and culture vs gender differences therein.
Effective start/end date01/06/200431/08/2007

Collaborative partners

  • University of Seville (Project partner)


  • Psychology
  • Autobiographical memory
  • Diary Method
  • Gender
  • Culture


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