Post-event processing and the retrieval of autobiographical memories in socially anxious individuals

Field, Andy P and Morgan, Julie (2004) Post-event processing and the retrieval of autobiographical memories in socially anxious individuals. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 18 (5). pp. 647-663. ISSN 0887-6185

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Abstract

Individuals with social anxiety often report considerable ruminative thoughts following ambiguous social events (post-event processing). The purpose of this study was to determine whether post-event processing affects retrieval of autobiographical memories rated as negative, anxious and shameful in a sample of socially anxious individuals and controls. Results indicated that, compared to controls, socially anxious individuals recalled memories that were rated as significantly more negative and shameful regardless of the type of post-event processing engaged in. Unexpectedly, after negative post-event processing socially anxious individuals recalled memories that although anxious and shameful, were rated as significantly more calming than after other types of post-event processing. The results imply that post-event processing may have some adaptive benefit that could explain why it persists in socially anxious individuals.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
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Depositing User: Andy Field
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 06:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/717
Google Scholar:25 Citations

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