Mood slate and recall biases: The role of affect

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Abstract

In this experiment, mood states were induced by exposure to two films, one happy and another sad, without any specific verbal instruction from experimenters. Afterwards, tests of immediate memory were performed. Subjects had to remember lists of positive, negative of neutral words. Results show that film watch produces a reliable and strong bias on remembering but a slighter effect on verbal expression of mood. Moreover verbal affect expression and biased remembering were unrelated. These results are more favourable to a cognitive priming hypothesis than an affective state-dependent one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-258
JournalPsicothema
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

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