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Positive involuntary autobiographical memories: You first have to live them
Univ Oxford, Dept Psychiat, Oxford OX1 2JD, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5678-2190
Univ Oxford, Dept Psychiat, Oxford OX1 2JD, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6111-8318
Univ Oxford, Dept Psychiat, Oxford OX1 2JD, England;MRC, Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, Cambridge, England. (EMIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7319-3112
2013 (English)In: Consciousness and Cognition, ISSN 1053-8100, E-ISSN 1090-2376, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 402-406Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Involuntary autobiographical memories (IAMs) are typically discussed in the context of negative memories such as trauma 'flashbacks'. However, IAMs occur frequently in everyday life and are predominantly positive. In spite of this, surprisingly little is known about how such positive IAMs arise. The trauma film paradigm is often used to generate negative IAMs. Recently an equivalent positive film was developed inducing positive IAMs (Davies, Malik, Pictet, Blackwell, & Holmes, 2012). The current study is the first to investigate which variables (emotional reaction to the film; recognition memory of the film; participant characteristics) would best predict the frequency of positive IAMs. Higher levels of positive mood change to the film were significantly associated with the number of positive IAMs recorded in the subsequent week. Results demonstrate the importance of positive emotional reaction at the time of an event for subsequent positive IAMs. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE , 2013. Vol. 22, no 2, p. 402-406
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Involuntary memory, Autobiographical memory, Mental imagery, Emotions
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-405238DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.01.008ISI: 000319956300003PubMedID: 23416539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-405238DiVA, id: diva2:1396920
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