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Changing the working self alters the emotions prompted by recall of personal pasts

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Results from three studies indicated that emotional responses to memories can be changed by altering the working self. In particular, these results showed that emotional reactions to memories: (1) were especially positive when memories were perceived to be central to the working self (Experiment 1); (2) were muted when the working self was changed by adopting a third-person perspective during recall (Experiment 1); (3) of an event in the life of each participant's mother weakened when an individual was induced to experience a self that felt less close to their mother (Experiment 2) and (4) of a childhood event provoked especially positive emotional reactions after exposure to a mortality salience manipulation that increased perceived self-worth (Experiment 3). The extent to which mother was included in the self (Experiment 2) and self-worth (Experiment 3) plausibly mediated the effects of the manipulations on participants' emotional reactions to recalled events

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Skowronski, J.J., Sedikides, C., Xie, W. and Zhou, X. (2015) Changing the working self alters the emotions prompted by recall of personal pasts Memory, 23, (2), pp. 254-267. (doi:10.1080/09658211.2014.882956).

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 January 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 February 2015
Published date: February 2015
Keywords: self, autobiographical memory, emotion, mortality salience, fading affect bias


Local EPrints ID: 374619
ISSN: 0965-8211
PURE UUID: a2aa0a9a-01c4-41d3-84a1-4337dec3c300

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Date deposited: 24 Feb 2015 14:26
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:25

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Author: J.J. Skowronski
Author: C. Sedikides
Author: W. Xie
Author: X. Zhou

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