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Forgotten, but Not Gone: Recovering Memories of Emotional Stories

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Steven M. en_US
dc.creator Handy, Justin Dean en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-14T22:20:57Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-16T16:17:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-15T07:05:32Z
dc.date.created 2011-12 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-02-14 en_US
dc.date.submitted December 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-2011-12-10704 en_US
dc.description.abstract Laboratory methods for studying memory blocking and recovery include directed forgetting, retrieval-induced forgetting, and retrieval bias or memory blocking procedures. These methods primarily use word lists. For example, striking, reversible forgetting effects have been reported for both emotional (e.g., expletives) and non-emotional (e.g., tools) categorized lists of words. The present study examined forgetting and recovery of richer, more episodic materials. Participants studied a series of brief narrative passages varying in emotional intensity, such as a vignette involving torture or child abuse (emotional) vs. vignettes about cycling or insects (non-emotional). Free recall of the 1-word titles of the vignettes (e.g., Torture, Cyclist) showed a strong memory blocking effect, and cues from the stories on a subsequent cued recall test reversed the effect. In a second experiment, vignette-related pictures inserted into an incidental picture naming task triggered some recovery of initially forgotten vignettes, as shown on a post-test. Both emotional and non-emotional stories were susceptible to this reversible memory blocking effect. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject memory en_US
dc.subject blocked memories en_US
dc.title Forgotten, but Not Gone: Recovering Memories of Emotional Stories en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.department Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Texas A&M University en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Geraci, Lisa en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Tassinary, Louis en_US
dc.type.genre thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
local.embargo.terms 2014-01-15 en_US

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