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A preliminary investigation of the effect of hypomanic personality on the specificity of autobiographical memory recall.

Delduca, Claire M. and Jones, Steven H. and Barnard, Philip (2010) A preliminary investigation of the effect of hypomanic personality on the specificity of autobiographical memory recall. Memory, 18 (1). pp. 12-26. ISSN 0965-8211

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Abstract

There is some evidence that patients with bipolar disorder recall more overgeneral than specific autobiographical memories, a pattern widely reported in depression. However, there are also theoretical arguments (Barnard, Watkins, & Ramponi, 2006) suggesting that experiential processing should predominate during mania/hypomania, with an associated prediction of an increase in specific rather than overgeneral memories. This hypothesis was explicitly tested using the Autobiographical Memory Test (AMT). The specificity and speed of autobiographical recollection was compared for those with high or low levels of hypomanic personality as indexed by the Hypomanic Personality Scale (HPS). High HPS scorers recalled specific autobiographical memories in response to unpleasant cues more frequently and faster than low scorers. These results provide partial support for the hypothesis, but only for unpleasant cues.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Memory
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hypomanic personality ; Autobiographical memory ; Bipolar disorder ; Experiential processing ; Interacting Cognitive Subsystems model
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 31848
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2010 15:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 15:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31848

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