Mine to remember: the impact of ownership on recollective experience

Mirjam van den Bos, Sheila J. Cunningham, Martin A. Conway, David J. Turk

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Abstract

Evaluating information with reference to self is associated with enhanced memory, the oself-reference effecto. The effect is found in recognition accompanied by recollective experience (remembering), but not in recognition based on a feeling of knowing. The current research employed an ownership procedure to investigate whether less evaluative forms of self-referential cognition produce similar enhancement of recollective experience. Participants were asked to sort items into baskets that belonged to themselves or a fictitious other. A subsequent remember-know recognition test showed that items encoded in the context of self-ownership were more likely to be correctly recognized than other-owned items. This ownership effect was found in remember, but not know, responses. This finding suggests that creating a self-referential encoding context leads to elaborative representations in episodic memory, even in the absence of explicit self-evaluation.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1065-1071
Number of pages7
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Volume63
Issue number6
Early online date15 Apr 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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van den Bos, Mirjam ; Cunningham, Sheila J. ; Conway, Martin A. ; Turk, David J./ Mine to remember : the impact of ownership on recollective experience. In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 2010 ; Vol. 63, No. 6. pp. 1065-1071
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Mine to remember : the impact of ownership on recollective experience. / van den Bos, Mirjam; Cunningham, Sheila J.; Conway, Martin A.; Turk, David J.

In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 63, No. 6, 2010, p. 1065-1071.

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