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Emotional arousal and memory: A test of the poststimulus processing hypothesis

Emotional arousal and memory: A test of the poststimulus processing hypothesis

Hulse, Lynn M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5582-3520, Allan, Kevin, Memon, Amina and Read, J. Don (2007) Emotional arousal and memory: A test of the poststimulus processing hypothesis. The American Journal of Psychology, 120 (1). pp. 73-90. ISSN 0002-9556 (Print), 1939-8298 (Online)

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Abstract

Emotional arousal is believed to enhance memory for details central to an episode but impair memory for peripheral details. However, new research suggests that arousal induced thematically (i.e., through involvement with an unfolding event) produces only memory enhancements. This article examines whether consciously controlled elaborative processing in the aftermath of an arousing experience is responsible. A dual task manipulation was used to prevent participants from ruminating over a video that depicted an abduction and attack. Several indices of recall showed greater memory for emotional event details than for details from a neutral control video, which remained the case when the opportunity for poststimulus elaboration was prevented. Thus, superior retention of the content of emotional experiences may arise from the way in which arousal is induced rather than through immediate postevent cognitions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult, aged, arousal, attention, emotion, female, human, long term memory, male, middle aged, personality test, recall, review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12279

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