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Collective memory and autobiographical memory: Perspectives from the humanities and cognitive sciences

Heux, Lucrèce; Rathbone, Clare; Gensburger, Sarah; Clifford, Rebecca; Souchay, Céline

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Lucrèce Heux

Clare Rathbone

Sarah Gensburger

Céline Souchay


The current overview provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of autobiographical and collective memory studies, focusing on history and cognitive psychology, to help other scholars bridge the disciplinary gap. We describe the various interpretative frameworks used to build theoretical knowledge on how autobiographical memory and collective memory are intertwined. We expose how research exploring self, social and directive functions of autobiographical memory echoes three main functions that can be identified for collective memory, that is, social identity, social schemata, and means for actions, or a political decision tool of research in these fields. In doing so, we hope to stimulate opportunities for more interdisciplinary research. This article is categorized under: Psychology > Memory Psychology > Theory and Methods

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 25, 2022
Publication Date 2023-05
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 16, 2023
Journal WIREs Cognitive Science
Print ISSN 1939-5078
Electronic ISSN 1939-5086
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Article Number e1635
Public URL
Additional Information Special Issue: Autobiographical Memory


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