The fading affect bias in the context of emotion activation level, mood, and personal theories of emotion change

  title={The fading affect bias in the context of emotion activation level, mood, and personal theories of emotion change},
  author={Timothy D. Ritchie and John J Skowronski and Jessica L. Hartnett and Brett M. Wells and W. Richard Walker},
  pages={428 - 444}
The intensity of emotions associated with memory of pleasant events generally fades more slowly across time than the intensity of emotions associated with memory of unpleasant events, a phenomenon known as the fading affect bias (FAB). Four studies examined variables that might account for, or moderate, the bias. These included the activation level of the emotions, individual differences in dispositional mood, and participant expectations of emotion change across time. Results suggest that (a… 
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