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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.

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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.

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: autobiographical memory, judgments of recency, temporal knowledge, temporal judgment, self-knowledge


Local EPrints ID: 44832
ISSN: 0022-1031
PURE UUID: 85cdb4dd-337c-40d7-b588-d0e73c94d933

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2007
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 08:11

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Author: John J. Skowronski
Author: Timothy D. Ritchie
Author: W. Richard Walker
Author: Andrew L. Betz
Author: Leslie A. Bethencourt
Author: Amy L. Martin

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