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Repressive coping and the directed forgetting of emotional material

Myers, LB; Brewin, CR; Power, MJ; (1998) Repressive coping and the directed forgetting of emotional material. J ABNORM PSYCHOL , 107 (1) 141 - 148.

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Abstract

Using a directed forgetting task, the authors tested in 2 experiments the hypothesis that repressors would be superior to controls in forgetting negative experimental material. Consistent with previous studies, there was an overall directed forgetting effect, with significantly more to-be-remembered material recalled than to-be-forgotten (TBF) material. In both experiments, repressors forgot more negatively valenced words in the TBF set than did nonrepressors, suggesting that repressors have an enhanced capability for using retrieval inhibition. The data offer preliminary support for a cognitive account of repressors' deficits in recalling negative autobiographical memories.

Type: Article
Title: Repressive coping and the directed forgetting of emotional material
Keywords: RECOVERED MEMORIES, SEXUAL ABUSE, RECALL, DISSOCIATION, ANXIETY, INACCESSIBILITY, EXPERIENCE, HISTORIES, PATTERNS, STRESS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125427
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