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We all create core memories. When we encounter an experience with heightened emotion, our memory systems remember the experiences because of the intense emotions associated with the event. We know that memories can become diluted or distorted with time and distance. When we remember an event from our past, our brains secrete the same chemicals from the same neurotransmitters called forth when the experience happened, creating the same feelings.
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Desautels, Lori, "Creating Core Memories in the Classroom" (2016). Scholarship and Professional Work – Education. 96.