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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (9): 1564-1573.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01564

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Event segmentation: How do we perceive and remember events?

SHAO Yiru, ZHOU Chu()   

  1. Department of Psychology, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Received:2018-11-09 Online:2019-09-15 Published:2019-07-24
  • Contact: ZHOU Chu


Event segmentation is the parsing of the continuous ?ow of information into meaningful events. The Event Segmentation Task is frequently used to examine this phenomenon in the laboratory. Event segmentation involves both bottom-up processing and top-down processing. The processing of event segmentation greatly affects the encoding and updating of episodic memory. The quality of everyday life depends largely on how well individuals can perceive and memorize events. The situation model, event segmentation theory and event horizon model are the main theories that explain the process and the features of event segmentation. One of the future directions is to explore how event memory performance would be different on recognition test and recall test. Future studies may also need to concern about the allocation of attentional resources during event segmentation.

Key words: event segmentation, event boundary, event perception, event memory, episodic memory

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