Event self-importance, event rehearsal, and the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory

  title={Event self-importance, event rehearsal, and the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory},
  author={Timothy D. Ritchie and John J Skowronski and Sarah Elizabeth Wood and W. Richard Walker and Rodney J. Vogl and Jeffrey A. Gibbons},
  journal={Self and Identity},
  pages={172 - 195}
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 affect bias, FAB). Data described in the present article reveal several moderators of this bias. The FAB is small when events are perceived to be self-important, psychologically open, or self-caused; it is large when events are perceived to be atypical of a person's life. The data also suggest that the FAB is… 
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