Revised Thesis

Primary: People can relive past memories anytime due to different sites, smells, sounds, and tastes.

Secondary: When someone experiences the Proust effect, they experience a vivid reliving of events from the past through a sensory stimulus, which often evokes an intense and emotional memory.

Tertiary: Some argue that involuntary memories are unimportant or are a sign of dysfunction because they don’t necessarily serve a clear function to a present situation or are associated only with traumas.

Supporting: While this type of memory is enacted in PTSD, it can also be used to trigger positive memories.

Concluding: Powerful and exciting memories can be relived when a familiar sound, scent, location causes a person to “travel back in time” and remember an experience.

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Original Thesis

Primary: People can relive past memories anytime due to different sites, smells, sounds, and tastes.

Secondary: When someone experiences the Proust effect, they experience a vivid reliving of events from the past through a sensory stimulus, which often evokes an intense and emotional memory.

Tertiary: Some have said that involuntary memories are not important, are a sign of dysfunction, because they don’t necessarily serve a clear function to a present situation or are associated only with traumas.

Supporting: Episodic memory, reliving different memories from the past, are usually positive over negative and are exciting to remember, especially if triggered by a sensory stimulus.

Concluding: Powerful and exciting memories can be relived when a familiar sound, scent, location causes a person to “travel back in time” and remember an experience.

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