Painting with broad strokes: Happiness and the malleability of event memory

  title={Painting with broad strokes: Happiness and the malleability of event memory},
  author={Linda J. Levine and Susan Bluck},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={559 - 574}
Individuals often feel that they remember positive events better than negative ones, but do they? To investigate the relation between emotional valence and the malleability of memory for real‐world events, we assessed participants' emotions and memories concerning the televised announcement of the verdict in the murder trial of O. J. Simpson. Memory was assessed for actual events and plausible foils. Participants who were happy about the verdict reported recalling events with greater clarity… 
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