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The organization of emotionally autobiographical memories: How emotional knowledge for personal events is represented in autobiographical knowledge base?

Sakaki, M. (2007) The organization of emotionally autobiographical memories: How emotional knowledge for personal events is represented in autobiographical knowledge base? Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology (55). pp. 184-196.

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Abstract/Summary

The present study aimed to investigate the organization of autobiographical memory and to reveal how emotional knowledge for personal events is represented in autobiographical knowledge base. For these purposes, the event-cueing technique was employed (Brown & Schopflocher, 1998). Forty-six participants were provided eight retrieval cues and asked to generate a personal event related to each of them (i.e., cueing events). Following this, they responded to each cueing event by retrieving two personal episodes (i.e., cued events). The results indicated that cued events shared the life themes with cueing events, suggesting the thematic organization of autobiographical memory. We also found that the life themes of each personal episode determined types of emotional states with which they were associated. The implications for the affect and memory literature and the emotion regulation literature were discussed.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:37378

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