Memory and Coping with Stress: The Relationship Between Cognitive-Emotional Distinctiveness, Memory Valence, and Distress

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Article on memory and coping with stress and the relationship between cognitive-emotional distinctiveness, memory valence, and distress.

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Boals, Adriel; Rubin, David C. & Klein, Kitty June 17, 2008.

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Abstract: Cognitive-emotional distinctiveness (CED), the extent to which an individual separates emotions from an event in the cognitive representation of the event, was explored in four studies. CED was measured using a modified multidimensional scaling procedure. The first study found that lower levels of CED in memories of the September 11 terrorist attacks predicted greater frequency of intrusive thoughts about the attacks. The second study revealed CED levels are higher in negative events, in comparison to positive events and that low CED levels in emotionally intense negative events are associated with a pattern of greater event-related distress. The third study replicated the findings from the previous study when examining CED levels in participants' memories of the 2004 Presidential election. The fourth study revealed that low CED in emotionally intense negative events in associated with worse mental health. We argue that CED is an adaptive and healthy coping feature of stressful memories.

This is the author manuscript version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Memory © 2008 Taylor & Francis; the final definitive article is available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09658210802083098

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  • Memory, 2008, New York: Taylor & Francis, pp. 637-657

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  • Publication Title: Memory
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 6
  • Page Start: 637
  • Page End: 657
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Boals, Adriel; Rubin, David C. & Klein, Kitty. Memory and Coping with Stress: The Relationship Between Cognitive-Emotional Distinctiveness, Memory Valence, and Distress, article, June 17, 2008; [New York, New York]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279684/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.