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Multimodal retrieval of autobiographical memories: sensory information contributes differently to the recollection of events
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Psychology. Gösta Ekman Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 6, 1681Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies on autobiographical memory have focused on unimodal retrieval cues (i.e., cues pertaining to one modality). However, from an ecological perspective multimodal cues (i.e., cues pertaining to several modalities) are highly important to investigate. In the present study we investigated age distributions and experiential ratings of autobiographical memories retrieved with unimodal and multimodal cues. Sixty-two participants were randomized to one of four cue-conditions: visual, olfactory, auditory, or multimodal. The results showed that the peak of the distributions depends on the modality of the retrieval cue. The results indicated that multimodal retrieval seemed to be driven by visual and auditory information to a larger extent and to a lesser extent by olfactory information. Finally, no differences were observed in the number of retrieved memories or experiential ratings across the four cue-conditions.

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2015. Vol. 6, 1681
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autobiographical memory, multimodal, multisensory, unimodal, age distribution, experiential ratings
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20768DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01681ISI: 000364558400001PubMedID: 26594186ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84949656433OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20768DiVA: diva2:876397
Swedish Research Council, 2008-2415
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2015-12-03 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved

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