Evolutionizing grief: viewing photographs of the deceased predicts misattribution of ambiguous stimuli by the bereaved.

@article{White2013EvolutionizingGV,
  title={Evolutionizing grief: viewing photographs of the deceased predicts misattribution of ambiguous stimuli by the bereaved.},
  author={Claire Louise White and Daniel M T Fessler},
  journal={Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={11 5},
  pages={
          1084-100
        }
}
We propose a cognitive-evolutionary model of grief where the function of grief is to reunite a person with an absent partner where this is possible, and where it is not, to disengage and reorientate the individual from the lost agent. The present study investigates the potential factors that affect reunion-promoting symptoms by focusing on the misattribution of external stimuli to the deceased by the bereaved--which we term 'false recognitions'. We propose three factors that relate to false… CONTINUE READING

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