Evidence that an episodic mode of thinking facilitates encoding of perceptually rich memories for naturalistic events relative to a gist-based mode of thinking

Matthew D. Grilli, Sedona Coste, Janet E. Landry, Kathryn Mangen

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Abstract

Several studies have demonstrated that an episodic specificity induction (ESI) can influence cognitive abilities that involve episodic processes at retrieval. To better understand the downstream implications of an “episodic mode of thinking,” we investigate whether an ESI influences encoding of new events. In a between-subjects design, participants were given an ESI or gist (control) induction. In an ostensibly unrelated task, participants then were shown film clips of naturalistic events. After a filled delay, participants were given a surprise memory test, which required narrative recollection of the film clips. Participants who received the ESI generated narratives that contained more perceptual details specifically. Relative to gist thinking, an episodic mode of thinking appears to facilitate encoding of perceptually rich memories for naturalistic events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1468-1474
Number of pages7
JournalMemory
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2019

Keywords

  • autobiographical interview
  • autobiographical memory
  • episodic memory
  • Episodic specificity induction
  • event memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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