Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Affective memory

The term ‘affective memory’ was intended to include emotional and sensory phenomena, and to differentiate them from intellectual, volitional or rational ones.

It is basic in functional perspective. Pain and pleasure are information that control behavior.

Boleslavsky divided affective memory into two categories: analytic memory, and the memory of feeling. Analytic memory is trained and developed by exercise involving imaginary objects.

The second category that Boleslavsky described was the memory of feeling, which can be called emotional memory.

The term affective memory was taken by Stanislavsky from a work by the French psychologist Theodule Ribot, The Psychology of the Emotions.

Strasberg in turn defined ‘affective memory’ as a broad category containing both ‘sense’ memory and ‘emotional’ memory. He states, ‘pertains specifically to the more intense reactions of an emotional response’.
Affective memory