Retrieving positive memories to regulate negative mood: consequences for mood-congruent memory.

@article{Rusting2000RetrievingPM,
  title={Retrieving positive memories to regulate negative mood: consequences for mood-congruent memory.},
  author={Cheryl L. Rusting and Tracy Dehart},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2000},
  volume={78 4},
  pages={737-52}
}
Several researchers have suggested that mood-incongruency effects are due to a mood-regulatory process in which people retrieve positive memories to repair negative moods. The present studies tested this idea by manipulating mood-repair strategies and examining their impact on positive and negative memory retrieval. Mood-congruent retrieval occurred when participants stayed focused on events associated with their negative mood; mood-incongruent retrieval occurred when participants engaged in… CONTINUE READING

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