Stability in autobiographical memories.


Journal Article

A total of 30 undergraduates recalled the same 20 autobiographical memories at two sessions separated by 2 weeks. At each session they dated their memories and rated them on 18 properties commonly studied in autobiographical memory experiments. Individuals showed moderate stability in their ratings on the 18 scales (r approximately .5), with consistency of dating being much higher (r = .96). There was more stability in the individuals' average rating on each scale (r approximately .8), even when the averages were calculated on different memories in the different sessions. The results are consistent with a constructive view of autobiographical memory, in which stable individual differences in cognitive style are important.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rubin, DC; Schrauf, RW; Greenberg, DL

Published Date

  • November 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 715 - 721

PubMed ID

  • 15724360

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15724360

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-0686

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0965-8211

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/09658210344000512


  • eng