Post-event processing and autobiographical memory in social anxiety: the influence of negative feedback and rumination

Morgan, Julie and Banerjee, Robin (2008) Post-event processing and autobiographical memory in social anxiety: the influence of negative feedback and rumination. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(7), pp. 1190-1204. ISSN (print) 0887-6185

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Two experiments investigated the extent to which the content of feedback and the style of post-event processing are associated with a bias in the retrieval of autobiographical memories by individuals high in social anxiety. In each experiment high and low socially anxious individuals responded to questions about autobiographical experiences, participated in a task involving real or imagined social encounters, and then recalled autobiographical memories. In Experiment 1 (n=50) participants focused on positive or negative feedback following the social task, while in Experiment 2 (n=59) participants engaged in either a ruminative or reflective response style following the social task. Experiment 1 showed that negative feedback led to the recall of memories with a significantly greater average anxiety rating only in the high social anxiety group. Experiment 2 demonstrated that the high social anxiety group who engaged in a ruminative response style recalled memories with the highest average anxiety rating. Implications of these findings for understanding the role of post-event processing as a maintaining factor in social anxiety are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Uncontrolled Keywords: social anxiety, autobiographical memory, rumination, post-event processing, self-focused attention, beck depression inventory, anxious individuals, cognitive-processes, phobia, bias, performance, retrieval, responses, validity
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
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Depositing User: Cheryl Clark
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 16:21
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 15:11

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