Mood and memory : explantaions and exploration

Nutt, Rachel

Clinical psychology
July 2008

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
© 2008 Rachel Nutt. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

The differences between bipolar-diagnosed and non-clinical control participants were investigated for three memory processes: mood-dependent memory, mood-congruent memory and autobiographical memory perception. Fifty-eight participants generated six autobiographical memories after receiving a positive mood induction and rated them in a number of ways. They also saw four inkblots. After receiving the same or a contrasting mood induction, participants recalled and re-rated the autobiographical memories and attempted to recognise the inkblots. There were significant differences in inkblot recognition amongst the groups, showing mood-dependent memory. Mood congruent judgment was observed for some of the memory ratings. This study paves the way for further investigation into memory differences of this sort in mood disorders.

Publisher
Department of Clinical Psychology, Postgraduate Medical Institute, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Lam, Dominic
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
ClinPsyD
Language
English
Identifier
hull:1594
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