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Dorthe Berntsen

My future is brigher than yours: The role of the self in the positivity bias

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Numerous studies across domains of future thinking have demonstrated that people usually conceive their future as more brighter and positive1,2. It has been suggested that this positivity bias might serve a self-enhancement function3. Yet, conflicting findings and the lack of systematic studies on the generalizability of the phenomenon leave this interpretation uncertain. We provide the first systematic examination of the positivity bias across different domains and tasks of future thinking. First, we use the same tasks in two different domains of future thinking, representing an episodic (events) and a semantic dimension (self-images). Second, we use two different measures of positivity bias (i.e., frequency of positive versus negative instances and their distance from present). Third, we contrast each measure in each domain for events/self-images related to self versus an acquaintance.
Udgivelsesår21 jun. 2018
StatusUdgivet - 21 jun. 2018
BegivenhedAutobiographical Memory and the Self - Radisson Blu, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 20 jun. 201821 jun. 2018


KonferenceAutobiographical Memory and the Self
LokationRadisson Blu

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