Activitas Nervosa Superior

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Possible Cognitive-Emotional and Neural Mechanism of Unethical Amnesia

  • Rashmi GuptaEmail author
Ideas and Opinion


Our memories of misdeed become less clear over time; this is known as unethical amnesia. Recently, Kouchaki and Gino (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113(22), 6166-6171, 2016) explained that unethical amnesia occurs because of the psychological distress and discomfort such illegal acts cause (psychological mechanism). Notably, unethical amnesia has two components: cognitive as well as emotion. Authors have not explained the possible cognitive-emotional and neural mechanisms underlying unethical amnesia. To get the complete picture of unethical amnesia, I firmly believe that along with psychological mechanisms, it is essential to explain underlying cognitive-emotional and neural mechanisms, which is the primary focus of this paper. Together, it will give real insight to the reader to understand this phenomenon.


Unethical amnesia Attention Memory Emotion processing Suppression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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