The Role Of Emotion In The Movie Inside Out

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Emotion plays an extremely important role in the memory process. Before you can fully understand the role of emotion, you have to understand the memory process. There are three steps to the memory process, encoding, storage, and retrieval. If you do not fully understand the memory process, then it’ll be difficult to comprehend the role emotions play and the movie Inside Out, although it may be a kid’s movie, is an excellent way to develop an improved understanding of the memory process. The movie Inside Out is about a pre-teen girl’s emotions; joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust, and how they all work together to help create her memories and get through life. Before I get ahead of myself, however, let’s talk about the memory process. Memory process is a cycle your memories go through in order to determine if they are long term or short term and attaches emotion to those memories. The first step is called encoding, encoding is the translation of information into a form in which it can be used. The next step is storage, storage is the maintenance of the encoded information over a period of time, this is nearly identical to a computer system. This is where the hippocampus comes in, the hippocampus is the part of the brain where the emotion’s in Inside Out were located. The hippocampus determines if memories are long term or short term and attaches emotion to the memory, but if the hippocampus isn’t paying attention, it may store that memory incorrectly and make it more
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