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Autobiographical memories for negative and positive events in war contexts

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The aim of the present study was to examine the phenomenological qualities of self-reported negative and positive memories. The study was conducted in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, and a total of 134 autobiographical memories about negative and positive events were analyzed using a version of the Phenomenological Questionnaire for Autobiographical Memory (Manzanero & López, 2007). Participants were university students, 80 percent were women and 20 percent were men. Results showed that negative memories are more confused, more complex, and decay more over time than positive ones. In contrast, no differences were found between positive and negative memories on sensory information, spatial location, vividness, definition, accessibility, fragmentation, recall perspective, doubts about the accuracy of the memory, and how much participants recovered and talked about the event. High Dimensional Visualization (HDV) graph revealed that there were individual differences between negative and positive memories but no consistent differences across participants.
Translated title of the contributionLos recuerdos autobiográficos de los sucesos negativos y positivos en contextos bélicos
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalAnuario de Psicología Jurídica
Issue number1
Early online date8 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


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