Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Identifying distinct sets of predictors of specific functions of autobiographical memory

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  • Majse Lind
  • Burcu Demiray, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Susan Bluck, University of Florida, United States

Grounded in the ecological approach, research has charted several adaptive functions of autobiographical remembering. Each represents a rather different psychosocial domain (i.e., self, social, directive). The goal of this research was to determine the contributions of each of a set of variables, controlling for all others, in predicting use of autobiographical memory to serve each specific function. In two studies, participants (N = 100; N = 195) rated frequency of functional use of specific event memories and completed a brief battery of memory-related measures. Most Study One results were replicated in Study Two. Self-relevance of memories was related to their functional use regardless of domain. Each function was also, however, predicted by a unique set of variables consistent with its use in a given psychosocial domain. Findings emphasise how a combination of factors come into play to allow humans to use autobiographical memory to serve various different functions in navigating daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1318
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Autobiographical memory, directive, function, self-continuity, social-bonding, PERSONALITY, TALE, PHENOMENOLOGY, CONSTRUCTION

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