Narrative perspective shift at retrieval: The psychological-distance-mediated-effect on emotional intensity of positive and negative autobiographical memory
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AbstractThe present study manipulated participants' narrative perspectives (1st-personal pronoun "I" and 3rd-personal pronoun "He/She") to vary their field and observer visual perspectives that they took to retrieve autobiographical events and examine how the shifts in narrative perspective could influence the self-rated emotional intensity of autobiographical memory. Results showed that when narrative perspectives effectively shifted participants' visual perspectives from field to observer, they felt attenuated emotional intensities of positive and negative autobiographical memories. However, this did not occur when narrative perspectives effectively shifted the visual perspectives from observer to field. Multiple mediator models further showed that the changes in psychological distance and imagery vividness (a distance-related construct) of autobiographical memory mediated the relationship between the narrative perspective shift from the 1st- to 3rd-person and the reduction in the intensities of negative and positive emotion. This provides support for the role of psychological distancing in reducing the emotional intensity of autobiographical memory. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListGu X, Tse CS
Journal nameConsciousness and Cognition
Year2016
Month10
Volume Number45
PublisherACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Pages159 - 173
ISSN1053-8100
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAutobiographical memory, Emotion, Narrative perspective, Psychological distance, Visual perspective
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPsychology; Psychology, Experimental

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