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Reversed mnemic neglect of self-threatening memories in dysphoria

Saunders, Jo (2011) Reversed mnemic neglect of self-threatening memories in dysphoria. Cognition and Emotion, 25 (5). pp. 854-867. ISSN 1464-0600

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that people have difficulties remembering information which is threatening to the self—an effect known as mnemic neglect. Three experiments are presented that examined mnemic neglect in dysphoria and whether dysphoric individuals show enhanced memory for self-threatening information. Pilot work determined that dysphoric participants rated central negative traits as more important than nondysphoric participants. In Experiment 1, dysphoric participants were found to have better memory for self-threatening information than nondysphoric participants. Enhanced recall of self-threatening memories was also found for unmodifiable (Experiment 2), and highly diagnostic (Experiment 3) self-threatening traits. The findings suggest that dysphoric participants show reversed mnemic neglect effects indicating enhanced access to negative information relating to the self.

Item type: Article
ID code: 41466
Keywords: mnemic neglect , dysphoria, reversed mnemic neglect, Psychology, Child Health. Child health services, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 16:00
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 18:06
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/41466

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