publication . Other literature type . Article . 2000

Emotionality, distinctiveness, and recollective experience

Stephen A. Dewhurst; Lisa A. Parry;
  • Published: 01 Dec 2000
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Two experiments investigated the effects of emotional stimuli on recollective experience in recognition memory. In Experiment 1, words judged to evoke a positive emotional response (e.g., warmth, freedom) or a negative emotional response (e.g., mucus, corpse) were associated with more “remember” responses than emotionally neutral words (e.g., crate, border) when presented in mixed lists. This effect was stronger with negative words than with positive words. In Experiment 2 the effects of emotional stimuli were eliminated when participants studied pure lists of either all emotional or all neutral words. These findings are discussed in relation to Rajaram's (1996)...
free text keywords: Recognition memory, Social psychology, Cognitive psychology, Optimal distinctiveness theory, Emotional stimuli, Psychology, Emotionality
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