2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Is All Well that Ends Well?
Randall T. Miller
Dr. Terry Palmer, Faculty Mentor

This study examines the manner and extent to which the ending of an experience influences the memory of the experience as a whole. After completing a brief personality assessment, participants will be shown two different video clips. A target clip will be presented either before or after a context clip of either mildly negative or positive emotionality. After viewing the two clips, participants will write about what happened in the target clip. These response narratives will be blindly coded and analyzed to test whether the content and ordering of the context clip influences participants' memories of the target clip and whether such influence varies as a function of personality. It is hypothesized that, overall, participants' memories of the target clip will show more distortions when followed by the context clip, and, furthermore, that participants scoring higher on neuroticism will be less susceptible to such distortions.

Keywords: Memory, Personality, Neuroticism, Emotionality or Affect, Ending of experiences


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 310-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 1:30

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