Involuntary autobiographical memories
Bradley, Rosemary J.
Moulin, Chris J. A.
Involuntary autobiographical memories (IAMs) seem to pop up into consciousness more easily and more frequently than voluntary memories. Occurring without any deliberate attempt at retrieval and often during undemanding everyday activities, IAMs also appear to be more resistant to ageing and dementia. Newly developed laboratory paradigms, such as the free word association method or a vigilance task, could be used along with neuroimaging to help describe the functional anatomy and pathways of IAMs in the brain. It may even be possible to use IAMs with older adults to maintain psychological well-being and positive outlook in life.