Life is Pleasant—and Memory Helps to Keep it that Way!

  title={Life is Pleasant—and Memory Helps to Keep it that Way!},
  author={W Richard Walker and John J Skowronski and Charles P. Thompson},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={203 - 210}
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 and present several new comparative analyses of these studies, all of which indicate that people perceive events in their lives to more often be pleasant than unpleasant. A 2nd cause is the fading affect bias: The affect associated with unpleasant events fades faster than the affect associated with… Expand

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