Autobiographical Memories for Very Negative Events: The Effects of Thinking about and Rating Memories

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Article on autobiographical memories for very negative events and the effects of thinking about and rating memories.

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Rubin, David C.; Boals, Adriel & Klein, Kitty February 1, 2010.

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Abstract: In three related experiments, 250 participants rated properties of their autobiographical memory of a very negative event before and after writing about either their deepest thoughts and emotions of the event or a control topic. Levels of emotional intensity of the event, distress associated with the event, intrusive symptoms, and other phenomenological memory properties decreased over the course of the experiment, but did not differ by writing condition. We argue that the act of answering our extensive questions about a very negative event led to the decrease, thereby masking the effects of expressive writing. To show that the changes could not be explained by the mere passage of time, we replicated our findings in a fourth experiment in which all 208 participants nominated a very negative event, but only half the participants rated properties of their memory in the first session. Implications for reducing the effects of negative autobiographical memories are discussed.

This is the author manuscript version of an article published in Cognitive Therapy and Research. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media; available online at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10608-008-9226-6

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  • Cognitive Therapy and Research, 2010, New York: Springer Science+Business Media, pp. 35-48

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  • Publication Title: Cognitive Therapy and Research
  • Volume: 34
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 35
  • Page End: 48
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Rubin, David C.; Boals, Adriel & Klein, Kitty. Autobiographical Memories for Very Negative Events: The Effects of Thinking about and Rating Memories, article, February 1, 2010; [New York, New York]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279699/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.