The Effect of Emotional Appraisal on Memory for Typically Traumatic Events

dc.contributor.advisor Schmidt, Stephen en_US Grissom, Tiffany N. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Langston, William en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Bauer, Richard en_US
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US 2014-06-02T19:01:56Z 2014-06-02T19:01:56Z 2014-03-29 en_US
dc.description.abstract Previous research shows that emotion affects memory for particular events. This experiment was designed to determine if appraisal, positive and negative, had a significant effect on memory for central and peripheral details of a traumatic stimulus. Participants were led to have either a positive or negative appraisal before watching a traumatic video of an individual getting shot. After viewing the video, participants completed a cued-recall test for memory of peripheral and central details. There was a significant effect for appraisal on en_US
dc.description.abstract valence, which means the video was rated as more negative by the negative appraisal group than by the positive appraisal group. In addition, central details were remembered more accurately than peripheral details. However, there was not a significant effect of praisal on memory for central or peripheral details. One possible explanation for the results was that the stimulus was too traumatic for an effective manipulation of positive appraisal. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Appraisal en_US
dc.subject Emotion en_US
dc.subject Memory en_US
dc.subject Traumatic Event en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology en_US
dc.subject.umi Cognitive psychology en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title The Effect of Emotional Appraisal on Memory for Typically Traumatic Events en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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