ERIC Number: EJ781434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Differential Time-Dependent Effects of Emotion on Recollective Experience and Memory for Contextual Information
Sharot, Tali; Yonelinas, Andrew P.
Cognition, v106 n1 p538-547 Jan 2008
Emotion has been suggested to slow forgetting via a mechanism that enhances memory consolidation. Here, we investigate whether this time dependent process influences the subjective experience of recollection as well as the ability to retrieve specific contextual details of the study event. To do so we examined recognition for emotional and neutral pictures at two retention intervals and collected remember/know reports and reports about the task that had been performed with the item during encoding. Recollective experience was enhanced for emotional compared to neutral photos after a 24-h delay, but not immediately after encoding. In contrast, memory for the task performed during encoding did not differ between emotional and neutral photos at either time point. The findings indicate that emotion slows the effects of forgetting on the recollective experience associated with studied events, without necessarily slowing the forgetting of specific contextual details of those events.
Descriptors: Intervals, Memory, Psychological Patterns, Cognitive Processes, Recognition (Psychology)
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