Life scripts for emotionally charged autobiographical memories: A cultural explanation of the reminiscence bump

@article{Haque2010LifeSF,
  title={Life scripts for emotionally charged autobiographical memories: A cultural explanation of the reminiscence bump},
  author={Shamsul Haque and Penelope A. Hasking},
  journal={Memory},
  year={2010},
  volume={18},
  pages={712 - 729}
}
Two studies examined the ability of the life script account to explain the reminiscence bump for emotionally charged autobiographical memories among Malaysian participants. In Study 1 volunteers, aged 50–90 years, participated in a two-phased task. In the first phase, participants estimated the timing of 11 life events (both positive and negative) that may occur in a prototypical life course within their own culture. Two weeks later the participants retrieved the same set of events from their… 
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