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Life is Pleasant—and Memory Helps to Keep it that Way!
People's recollections of the past are often positively biased. This bias has 2 causes. The 1st cause lies in people's perceptions of events. The authors review the results of several studies andExpand
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Autobiographical memory: unpleasantness fades faster than pleasantness over time
Kansas State University, USASUMMARYWe examined the effects of retention intervals on the recollection of the emotional content ofevents. Memory for personal events was tested for three retentionExpand
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Event self-importance, event rehearsal, and the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory
Prior research suggests that the negative affect associated with autobiographical memories fades faster across time than the positive affect associated with such memories (i.e., the fading affectExpand
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On the emotions that accompany autobiographical memories: Dysphoria disrupts the fading affect bias
Participants in two studies recalled autobiographical events and reported both the affect experienced at event occurrence and the affect associated with event recollection. The intensity of affectExpand
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The Effect of Social Disclosure on the Intensity of Affect Provoked by Autobiographical Memories
Affect associated with negative autobiographical memories fades faster over time than affect associated with positive autobiographical memories (the fading affect bias). Data described in the presentExpand
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Why people rehearse their memories: Frequency of use and relations to the intensity of emotions associated with autobiographical memories
People may choose to rehearse their autobiographical memories in silence or to disclose their memories with other people. This paper focuses on five types of memory rehearsal: involuntary rehearsal,Expand
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The fading affect bias in the context of emotion activation level, mood, and personal theories of emotion change
The intensity of emotions associated with memory of pleasant events generally fades more slowly across time than the intensity of emotions associated with memory of unpleasant events, a phenomenonExpand
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The Fading affect bias: But what the hell is it for?
SUMMARY This article reviews research examining the fading affect bias (FAB): The finding that the intensity of affect associated with negative autobiographical memories fades faster than affectExpand
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HOW DESCRIBING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL EVENTS CAN AFFECT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORIES
In this article we argue that social discourse can affect the structure and content of autobiographical memory. In making this argument, we review literature documenting the impact of social factors,Expand
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The fading affect bias begins within 12 hours and persists for 3 months
Summary Research has shown that the tendency for emotional affect to fade more over time for unpleasant events than for pleasant events, known as the Fading Affect Bias (FAB), increased acrossExpand
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