Interpretation training influences memory for prior interpretations

Elske Salemink, Paula Hertel, Bundy Mackintosh

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Anxiety is associated with memory biases when the initial interpretation of the event is taken into account. This experiment examined whether modification of interpretive bias retroactively affects memory for prior events and their initial interpretation. Before training, participants imagined themselves in emotionally ambiguous scenarios to which they provided endings that often revealed their interpretations. Then they were trained to resolve the ambiguity in other situations in a consistently positive (n = 37) or negative way (n = 38) before they tried to recall the initial scenarios and endings. Results indicated that memory for the endings was imbued with the emotional tone of the training, whereas memory for the scenarios was unaffected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-907
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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