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

Skowronski, J.J., Sedikides, C., Xie, W. and Zhou, X. (2014) 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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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

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09658211.2014.882956
ISSNs: 0965-8211 (print)
Keywords: self, autobiographical memory, emotion, mortality salience, fading affect bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 374619
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9 January 2014Accepted/In Press
7 February 2015e-pub ahead of print
February 2015Published
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 06:38
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