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    2007 Research

    Abstract:Don't Remind Me! How Thought Suppression Effects Open Memories

    Mentor: Dr. Philip Watkins, Department of Psychology

    This study investigated how the tendency to suppress thoughts may affect the impact of recalling an unpleasant open memory. Participants took self-report measures including the white bear suppression inventory and the rumination on sadness scale. The participants were then asked to recall an unpleasant open memory and responded to more self-report measures. Results indicated that participants higher in suppression had a more negative impact when having to recall an open memory and their memories were more open and intrusive. This suggests that thought suppression may inhibit the processing of open memories, preventing them from getting resolved. Looking into possible interventions for those who have a tendency to suppress may be beneficial in improving well being.

    Presentations

    16th Annual McNair Conference and Graduate Fair, WI, Nov. 2007
    10th Ann. Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 16,2007

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