Impact Of Emotions On Memory And Learning Behaviour - Coding Elements

Impact Of Emotions On Memory And Learning Behaviour

date_rangeMay 02, 2020

Emotions! We often use this term in our daily lives probably because we experience different emotions on a daily basis. Every day, is different and so is the level of our emotions. You might feel ecstatic as you rise up in the morning but the level of happiness settles down as the day passes, or it could be you woke up all grumpy probably because you hate to get up early but as the day progresses, you feel calm and happy.

There is no such thing as constant emotions because we keep switching our emotions throughout the day depending upon our experiences and feelings.

Most of us don’t ponder upon it as we start to age or get busy in our lives. Teens or students are the ones who get to realize their emotions better than any of us. It is not a hidden fact that in our life span, we often undergo emotional turmoils that help us to grow as a person.

While growing up, we pay the most attention to our emotions or attitude because come on we care about of a lot of things like how we look or how others look at us, how we talk, how we perform, etc. the list is endless That is a different journey altogether, and we all go through it. And because we care so much, we experience a lot of things and realize a lot about us and how we feel. 

Hence as we grow up, we realize emotions play a major part in pretty much everything.


Emotions influence all of our cognitive processes right from attention, perception, memory, learning, and reasoning to language, thinking, and problem-solving. Emotions certainly influence every process differently, the strongest on attention. The selectivity of attention can easily be altered along with behavior and action.

Psychologists have proved that learning, memory, and behavior have shown to have a positive effect because of happiness and negative effects such as anger, depression, and sadness due to negative emotional states likewise. Prolonged emotional distress can incapacitate an individuals' ability to learn. 

Emotions also function encoding and play a part in the retention and retrieval of information. However, the impact of emotions on learning and memory is subjective, as shown by studies that state that emotions either impair or enhance learning and LTM i.e., long term memory retention, depending upon an array of aspects.


Emotions play a crucial role in our lives, more than we realize. No matter what you do, if you're not in a good mood, you won't be able to get the best results. As for the question, emotions do play a role in success. Well, you must be thinking that I am joking, but that's not the case.

In fact, EQ or Emotional Quotient is considered an essential factor these days to determine your success. Researchers and psychologists have repeatedly proved that EQ (Emotional Quotient) is much more strongly correlated to success than IQ (Intelligence Quotient).

Times have changed, and now a number of things are taken into consideration by the world that were previously neglected, most of them being psychological factors. It is high time or beyond high time that these steps should have been taken and changes should have been implemented because now not only physical health counts but mental health does too as stated by the World Health Organization or WHO “the state of physical, mental and social well being of a person is defined as Good health” which clearly includes mental health too which now, more than ever satisfies as an essential factor.

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