Are older adults in Hong Kong "living in history" in their autobiographical memories?
Publication in refereed journal


摘要Transition theory posits that autobiographical memories are organized by major life transitions, which is often supported by the Living‐in‐History effect that occurs when people frequently refer to public events to support their date estimates of personal events. In the present study, 52 Chinese older adults in Hong Kong recalled autobiographical events using cue‐word method and justified the date estimates of the events. They also reported the most important events and assessed their impacts. Results showed that participants referred to public events only when estimating the date of 5.5% of word‐cued events and reported a few public events as personally important, suggesting an absence of the Living‐in‐History effect. Nonetheless, word‐cued events and important events accumulated around major life transitions to form a transition bump; the material change that important events brought about predicted whether the important events were used to organize autobiographical memory, thereby providing new evidence for the transition theory.
著者Gu X, Tse CS, Chan MHM
期刊名稱Applied Cognitive Psychology
頁次157 - 167
關鍵詞autobiographical memory, life transition, memory dating, public event in Hong Kong, transition theory
Web of Science 學科類別Psychology, Experimental;Psychology

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