Autobiographical Memory in the Angry Self
AuthorHung, L; Bryant, RA
Source TitlePLoS One
PublisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
University of Melbourne Author/sBryant, Richard
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHung, L. & Bryant, R. A. (2016). Autobiographical Memory in the Angry Self. PLOS ONE, 11 (3), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151349.
Access StatusOpen Access
The impact of anger on autobiographical recall was examined in two studies. In Experiment 1, 76 participants differing in trait anger completed an autobiographical memory task (AMT). In Experiment 2, 50 participants with elevated trait anger were either provoked or not provoked and subsequently completed an AMT. Across both studies, participants with high dispositional anger reported more anger-related memories, describing themselves as the primary agent of anger. In Experiment 2, provoked participants reported more memories describing themselves as the target of anger. These findings highlight the distinct patterns of memory recall associated with trait versus state anger. Findings are discussed in terms of retrieval biases operating in angry individuals and proposals stemming from self-memory system models of autobiographical memory.
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