Ordering our world: the quest for traces of temporal organization in autobiographical memory


Skowronski, John J., Ritchie, Timothy D., Walker, W. Richard, Betz, Andrew L., Sedikides, Constantine, Bethencourt, Leslie A. and Martin, Amy L. (2007) Ordering our world: the quest for traces of temporal organization in autobiographical memory Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, (5), pp. 850-856. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2006.10.001).

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An experiment examined the idea, derived from the Self Memory System model (Conway & Pleydell-Pearce, 2000), that autobiographical events are sometimes tagged in memory with labels reflecting the life era in which an event occurred. The presence of such labels should affect the ease of judgments of the order in which life events occurred. Accordingly, 39 participants judged the order of two autobiographical events. Latency data consistently showed that between-era judgments were faster than within-era judgments, when the eras were defined in terms of either: (a) college versus high school, (b) academic quarter within year, or (c) academic year within school. The accuracy data similarly supported the presence of a between-era judgment effect for the college versus high school dichotomy.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2006.10.001
ISSNs: 0022-1031 (print)
Keywords: autobiographical memory, judgments of recency, temporal knowledge, temporal judgment, self-knowledge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 44832
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2007Published
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:43
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/44832

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