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Dorthe Berntsen

Positive and negative flashbulb memories of the fall of the Berlin Wall among East- and West Germans: The affect of valence

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Flashbulb memories for the fall of the Berlin Wall were examined among 103 East and West Germans who considered the event as either highly positive or highly negative. Participants in the positive group rated their memories higher on measures of reliving and sensory imagery, whereas memory for facts was less accurate than in the negative group. Participants in the negative group had higher ratings on amount of consequences, but had talked less about the event and considered it less central to their personal and national identity than participants in the positive group. In both groups, rehearsal and the centrality of the memory to the person's identity and life story correlated positively with memory qualities. The results suggest that positive versus negative emotions have different effects on the processing and long-term retention of flashbulb memories.
TitelPerspectives on Memory and Cognition
Antal sider1
ForlagUniversity of Aarhus, Department of Psychology
StatusUdgivet - 2006
BegivenhedPerspectives on Memory and Cognition - Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 8 jun. 20069 jun. 2006


KonferencePerspectives on Memory and Cognition

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