On the emotions that accompany autobiographical memories: Dysphoria disrupts the fading affect bias

@article{Walker2003OnTE,
  title={On the emotions that accompany autobiographical memories: Dysphoria disrupts the fading affect bias},
  author={W. Richard Walker and John J Skowronski and Jeffrey A. Gibbons and Rodney J. Vogl and Charles P. Thompson},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  year={2003},
  volume={17},
  pages={703 - 723}
}
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 affect associated with a recalled event generally decreased, but the affective fading was greater for negative events than for positive events. The magnitude of this fading affect bias also varied with participants' dysphoria levels: Dysphorics showed a smaller fading affect bias than non-dysphorics… 
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