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Possessions and memories

Possessions and memories

Van den Hoven, Elise ORCID: 0000-0002-0888-1426, Orth, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0001-8201-9220 and Zijlema, Annemarie ORCID: 0000-0003-4090-0604 (2020) Possessions and memories. Current Opinion in Psychology, 39. pp. 94-99. ISSN 2352-250X (doi:

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People often acquire souvenirs and photographs to facilitate remembering, but possessions and memories can relate to each other in a variety of ways. This review paper presents four different connection types found between meaningful things in our everyday lives and our personal memories. Each connection type either focuses on possessions or memories and the connection between the two is either active or lost. These perspectives will be detailed through examples of studies and design cases from different fields and research areas. More studies have been found focusing on existing connections between possessions and memories, such as in human-computer interaction, design, material culture, psychology, and marketing, than those lost, which were specifically focused around ageing, forgetting, heirlooms, identity and hoarding behaviour. Our review of connections between possessions and memories accumulate to suggest the attachment people ascribe to certain possessions is mirrored by the ability of objects to fulfil people’s desire to preserve, embody, showcase and recollect certain memories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal possessions and memories, memory cues, possession-memory connection types, autobiographical remembering, object attachment, literature review
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 08:58

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