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Item-Specific and Relational Processing Account of Emotional Memory Enhancement

Title: An Item-Specific and Relational Processing Account of Emotional Memory Enhancement.
Name(s): Zimmerman, Carissa Ann, author
Kelley, Colleen M., professor directing thesis
Kaschak, Michael, committee member
Plant, E. Ashby, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Two experiments tested the competing item-specific and semantic cohesion hypotheses of emotional memory enhancement. The item-specific hypothesis predicts that emotional words receive more item-specific and less relational processing than neutral words, whereas the semantic cohesion hypothesis posits more relational processing of emotional words. In both experiments, emotional words were better remembered than neutral words. However, Experiment 1 found no support for either hypothesis; emotional and neutral words did not differ in the amount of either item-specific or relational processing, as measured by item gains and losses across repeated tests. Experiment 2 found that the memory advantage of emotional over neutral words did not differ as a function of the type of orienting task in which participants engaged. Several methodological explanations for the absence of the hypothesized findings are discussed along with future directions for research.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0490 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: April 30, 2008.
Keywords: Recall
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Colleen M. Kelley, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael Kaschak, Committee Member; E. Ashby Plant, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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