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Effects of Disgust on Relational Memory

Title: Effects of Disgust on Relational Memory.
Name(s): Arch, Natalie, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of the current study was to determine whether memory for associations between parts of an event that is negative depends on which negative emotion it is, particularly disgust. Participants were instructed that they would see pictures of locations, revealed one by one. Participants were told that they would be presented with one of three scenarios in each of the locations. There were three conditions (disgust, reward and neutral) and after viewing location pictures, participants were handed a clear plastic bag with a piece of candy in it. In the neutral condition the was candy alone, in the reward condition the candy was with a ten dollar bill and in the disgust condition the candy was with a feminine pantyliner stained with fake blood from a costume store. Memory for location picture/candy combination was assessed with an associative recognition test. Participants had to indicate whether the pairs seen were intact or rearranged. Recall was also assessed; participants were asked to indicate what treatment went with each candy. Brief questionnaires (DPSS-R and VOCI) were used to assess disgust sensitivity. Disgust did not prove to increase participant associative recognition of location picture/candy pairs. Those higher in disgust were less likely to recall pairs in the disgust treatment. Effect of emotion on recall for what appeared in the bag with the candy was not significant overall. The current study illustrates that personality factors and individual differences are important factors when analyzing effects of disgust on memory. How sensitive someone is to disgust may impact memory.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0001 (IID)
Keywords: Disgust, Associative memory, Location
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2011.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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