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Lilia Cruz

2006 Research

Abstract: Taking Care of Business

Mentor: Dr. Philip Watkins, Psychology

In our study we investigated the impact of grateful processing on bringing closure to unpleasant emotional memories. After recalling an open memory, participants were randomly assigned to one of three writing conditions. For three sessions, participants wrote about neutral topics, the unpleasant event itself, or about positive consequences from the event from their open memory that they felt they could now be grateful for. Those who were assigned in the grateful condition showed more memory closure, less unpleasant emotional impact, and less intrusiveness of the open memory than the other writing conditions.


10th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 16,2007

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