Publications by authors named "Sophie Hoehne"

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The valence and the functions of autobiographical memories: Does intensity matter?

Conscious Cogn 2021 05 26;91:103119. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

Department of Developmental Psychology, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany.

Autobiographical memories serve psychosocial functions in daily life and the use of memories is related to their valence. In the present study, we examined whether functions are also related to the intensity of positive and negative memories. Our sample included 110 participants (57-89 years of age). Memories were prompted with 30 emotionally neutral cue words. Participants rated the emotional quality of each memory and indicated how frequently they had recalled it for self-continuity, directing behavior, social-bonding, and mood-enhancement. We used multilevel modeling to test whether individual differences in the use of memories can explain why individuals recall different numbers of positive and negative memories as well as memories high or low in intensity. Each function revealed its specific pattern regarding valence and intensity but also regarding within-person and between-person effects. Mood-enhancement showed the strongest relations, which points to the importance of considering emotion regulation as a function of autobiographical memory.
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