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Marcus J. Neal

2003 Research

Abstract: Positive Memory Bias and Gratitude

Past experiments have demonstrated that manipulating the emotion of gratitude has an impact on positive emotional states in some situations. We have suggested that one reason gratitude might promote happiness is through enhancing a positive memory bias of life events. Subjects were administered a life events recall study and a trait gratitude measure, then randomly assigned to recall either emotional or grateful memories from three different time period in their past. At the conclusion of this recall monitoring period, we once again administered the pretest measures. The results showed an apparent increase in the number of positive memories recalled between pre and posttest measures. Also the GRAT scores of both groups seemed to interact with time as well, showing another increase in scores between pre and posttest measures.


12th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/7-9/2003

7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004

13th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/5-7/2004

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