Positive involuntary autobiographical memories: you first have to live them.
Bottom Line: In spite of this, surprisingly little is known about how such positive IAMs arise.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.
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Mentions: The sample consisted of 95 participants (53 female) with a mean age of 23.45 years (SD = 7.0). On arrival, participants were asked to complete questionnaires concerning their current mood and baseline characteristics (Section 2.2). Participants were then asked to watch the positive film, imagining that the events being depicted were happening to them right now. After film viewing, participants’ mood was reassessed and they were asked to record any IAMs of the film in a 1-week diary (Holmes et al., 2004). Participants returned after one week and completed a recognition memory test of the film (Fig. 1).
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. email@example.com