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Autobiographical Memories for Very Negative Events: The Effects of Thinking about and Rating Memories.

dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.contributor.author Boals, Adriel
dc.contributor.author Klein, Kitty
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-19T04:18:02Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-01
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21423832
dc.identifier.issn 0147-5916
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10070
dc.description.abstract In three related experiments, 250 participants rated properties of their autobiographical memory of a very negative event before and after writing about either their deepest thoughts and emotions of the event or a control topic. Levels of emotional intensity of the event, distress associated with the event, intrusive symptoms, and other phenomenological memory properties decreased over the course of the experiment, but did not differ by writing condition. We argue that the act of answering our extensive questions about a very negative event led to the decrease, thereby masking the effects of expressive writing. To show that the changes could not be explained by the mere passage of time, we replicated our findings in a fourth experiment in which all 208 participants nominated a very negative event, but only half the participants rated properties of their memory in the first session. Implications for reducing the effects of negative autobiographical memories are discussed.
dc.language eng
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartof Cognit Ther Res
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1007/s10608-008-9226-6
dc.title Autobiographical Memories for Very Negative Events: The Effects of Thinking about and Rating Memories.
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Rubin, David C|0096042
pubs.author-url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21423832
pubs.begin-page 35
pubs.end-page 48
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 34


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