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    Remembering can cause forgetting--but not in negative moods.

    Authors

    Bäuml KH, Kuhbandner C 

    Institution

    Regensburg University, Regensburg, Germany. karl-heinz.baeuml@psychologie.uni-regensburg.de

    Source

    Psychol Sci 2007 Feb; 18(2) :111-5.

    Abstract

    Repeated retrieval of a subset of previously observed events can cause forgetting of the non-retrieved events. We examined how affective states experienced during retrieval modulate such retrieval-induced forgetting by inducing positive, negative, and neutral moods in subjects immediately before they attempted to retrieve studied items. On the basis of recent work, we hypothesized that positive moods encourage relational processing, which should increase interference from related events and thus enhance retrieval-induced forgetting. By contrast, negative moods should encourage item-specific processing, which should reduce interference and thus reduce such forgetting. Our results are consistent with these predictions. When subjects were in negative moods, repeated retrieval did not cause forgetting of the non-retrieved material, whereas when subjects were in positive and neutral moods, they showed reliable retrieval-induced forgetting. Our findings suggest that the emotions involved during interrogation of a witness can affect the result of repeated interrogations.

    Mesh

    Affect
    Arousal
    Humans
    Memory
    Mental Recall
    Visual Perception

    Language

    eng

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    PubMed ID

    17425528

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