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The relation of the conceptual self to recent and distant autobiographical memories.
Memory. 2011 Nov; 19(8):975-92.M

Abstract

Based on the self-memory system model (SMS; Conway, Singer, & Tagini, 2004) of autobiographical memory, this study uses a large sample of young and middle-aged adults to investigate the relation between individuals' current self-characteristics and the content of both their earliest childhood memory and a recent memory. In the first session, participants' current self-characteristics were assessed. In the second session, individuals provided a written narrative of their earliest childhood memory and a more recent memory (within-participants design) and rated the self themes present in each memory. In keeping with the SMS model, findings show that current self-characteristics were reflected in individuals' memories. As predicted, however, recent memories were more frequently linked to current self-characteristics than were earliest memories. All six current self-characteristics predicted the inclusion of these themes in recent memories, but only four self-characteristics were associated with memory themes in earliest memories. The relation between current self-characteristics and memory themes did not differ across young and middle-aged adults, suggesting developmental stability in these relations. Findings provide general support for the SMS model but also suggest possibilities for its extension and refinement.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. b.demiray@psychologie.uzh.chNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22092104

Citation

Demiray, Burcu, and Susan Bluck. "The Relation of the Conceptual Self to Recent and Distant Autobiographical Memories." Memory (Hove, England), vol. 19, no. 8, 2011, pp. 975-92.
Demiray B, Bluck S. The relation of the conceptual self to recent and distant autobiographical memories. Memory. 2011;19(8):975-92.
Demiray, B., & Bluck, S. (2011). The relation of the conceptual self to recent and distant autobiographical memories. Memory (Hove, England), 19(8), 975-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2011.626427
Demiray B, Bluck S. The Relation of the Conceptual Self to Recent and Distant Autobiographical Memories. Memory. 2011;19(8):975-92. PubMed PMID: 22092104.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The relation of the conceptual self to recent and distant autobiographical memories. AU - Demiray,Burcu, AU - Bluck,Susan, PY - 2011/11/19/entrez PY - 2011/11/19/pubmed PY - 2012/3/27/medline SP - 975 EP - 92 JF - Memory (Hove, England) JO - Memory VL - 19 IS - 8 N2 - Based on the self-memory system model (SMS; Conway, Singer, & Tagini, 2004) of autobiographical memory, this study uses a large sample of young and middle-aged adults to investigate the relation between individuals' current self-characteristics and the content of both their earliest childhood memory and a recent memory. In the first session, participants' current self-characteristics were assessed. In the second session, individuals provided a written narrative of their earliest childhood memory and a more recent memory (within-participants design) and rated the self themes present in each memory. In keeping with the SMS model, findings show that current self-characteristics were reflected in individuals' memories. As predicted, however, recent memories were more frequently linked to current self-characteristics than were earliest memories. All six current self-characteristics predicted the inclusion of these themes in recent memories, but only four self-characteristics were associated with memory themes in earliest memories. The relation between current self-characteristics and memory themes did not differ across young and middle-aged adults, suggesting developmental stability in these relations. Findings provide general support for the SMS model but also suggest possibilities for its extension and refinement. SN - 1464-0686 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22092104/The_relation_of_the_conceptual_self_to_recent_and_distant_autobiographical_memories_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09658211.2011.626427 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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