Emotional intensity and causal connectivity's influence on memory for narratives

Master's Thesis


Memories for events have been found to increase when the number of causal connections increases, and when emotional intensity increases. The aim of this study was to examine how causal connectivity and emotional intensity relate to one another when both are present in an event. Using a text comprehension paradigm, memories for events that varied in terms of their causal connectivity and emotional intensity were examined for influence on memory performance. Emotionally intense information was better remembered than less emotionally intense information, and more causally connected information was remembered best. However, there were no interactions between the two constructs, suggesting that they are separate influences and independently affect memory.


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  • etd-04172009-000022

Author Andrea Kay Tamplin
Advisor Gabriel A. Radvansky
Contributor Gabriel A. Radvansky, Committee Chair
Contributor Kathleen M. Eberhard, Committee Member
Contributor Nicole M. McNeil, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name Master of Arts
Defense Date
  • 2009-04-08

Submission Date 2009-04-17
  • United States of America

  • emotion

  • memory

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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