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ERIC Number: EJ1008120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Get Real: Effects of Repeated Simulation and Emotion on the Perceived Plausibility of Future Experiences
Szpunar, Karl K.; Schacter, Daniel L.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v142 n2 p323-327 May 2013
People frequently imagine specific interpersonal experiences that might occur in their futures. The present study used a novel experimental paradigm to examine the influence of repeated simulation of future interpersonal experiences on subjective assessments of plausibility for positive, negative, and neutral events. The results demonstrate that repeated simulation increases estimates of plausibility for emotional, but not neutral, future interpersonal experiences. Additional correlational analyses reveal that increases in plausibility for emotional events are associated with concurrent increases in ease of simulation, event detail, and arousal. Implications for daily life and affective disorders such as depression and anxiety are noted. (Contains 1 table and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts