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Visual object imagery and autobiographical memory: object imagers are better at remembering their personal past

Vannucci, Manila; Pelagatti, Claudia; Chiorri, Carlo; Mazzoni, Giuliana

Authors

Manila Vannucci

Claudia Pelagatti

Carlo Chiorri

Giuliana Mazzoni



Abstract

In the present study we examined whether higher levels of object imagery, a stable characteristic that reflects the ability and preference in generating pictorial mental images of objects, facilitate involuntary and voluntary retrieval of autobiographical memories (ABMs). Individuals with high (High-OI) and low (Low-OI) levels of object imagery were asked to perform an involuntary and a voluntary ABM task in the laboratory. Results showed that High-OI participants generated more involuntary and voluntary ABMs than Low-OI, with faster retrieval times. High-OI also reported more detailed memories compared to Low-OI and retrieved memories as visual images. Theoretical implications of these findings for research on voluntary and involuntary ABMs are discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 20, 2016
Journal Memory
Print ISSN 0965-8211
Electronic ISSN 1464-0686
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 455-470
Institution Citation Vannucci, M., Pelagatti, C., Chiorri, C., & Mazzoni, G. (2016). Visual object imagery and autobiographical memory: object imagers are better at remembering their personal past. Memory, 24(4), 455-470. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2015.1018277
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2015.1018277
Keywords Mental imagery; Visual object imagery; Autobiographical memory; Involuntary memories
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09658211.2015.1018277#.VUjnkk90wzs
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Memory on 09/03/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/09658211.2015.1018277

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