The Influence of Autobiographical Memory on Behavior

and Technologies that Support Both

Autobiographical memory is driven by self-enhancement motives that guide our behaviors. Reminiscence and reflection are memory processes that can induce self-enhancement, potentially leading to behavior change. We critically compare four theories of behavior change and the opportunities they provide for reminiscence and reflection. The ability to reminisce and reflect is currently limited by the fallibility of memory to provide accurate details of past events and behaviors. To address this, the final section of the paper discusses technologies that have been developed to capture these details, potentially supporting enhanced reflection, reminiscence, or behavior change. These technologies are rarely designed to simultaneously address both memory and behavior change, which presents new opportunities for a hybrid design space

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