Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Thomas E. Ellis
Reduced autobiographical memory specificity and executive control have been associated with clinical depression; however, evidence is inconclusive as to whether these impairments represent trait-like qualities of individuals with clinical depression or are associated with changes in mood state. The present study employed a mood induction procedure and a digit-recall task derived to interfere with working memory to test the role of current mood and executive functioning in the autobiographical memory of nondepressed college students. Non-depressed subjects recalled significantly fewer specific memories on an autobiographical memory test following an induced, negative mood state and also with a concurrent digit-recall task. Thus, autobiographical memory specificity is related to current mood state and involves central executive processes which may be appropriate intervention targets.
Memory disorders -- Congresses.
Rutherford, Billy J., "Autobiographical memory specificity, negative mood state, and executive control: implications for clinical depression" (2009). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 818.