Title: Is overgeneral autobiographical memory an isolated memory phenomenon in major depression?
Authors: Raes, Filip ×
Hermans, Dirk
Williams, J Mark G
Demyttenaere, Koen
Sabbe, Bernard
Pieters, Guido
Eelen, Paul #
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Series Title: Memory vol:14 issue:5 pages:584-594
Abstract: The present study explored the relation between overgeneral autobiographical memory (AM) and other aspects of memory functioning in depression. A total of 26 patients with major depressive disorder completed a set of memory tasks measuring AM specificity (AMT; Williams & Broadbent, 1986), working memory, semantic memory, verbal learning, delayed verbal recall, recognition memory, and source memory. Reduced specificity of AM was related to poor working memory (central executive functioning) and poor source memory. The former finding conforms to the idea that the voluntary retrieval of specific autobiographical memories (AMs) involves central executive processes (e.g., Conway & Pleydell-Pearce, 2000). The latter finding replicates and extends recent findings suggesting that overgeneral AM is part of a broader memory deficit in retrieving the specific details of the context in which information was acquired (Ramponi, Barnard, & Nimmo-Smith, 2004). Furthermore, in line with Ramponi et al. (2004), rumination was found to be related to both overgeneral AM and poor source memory.
ISSN: 0965-8211
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
Research Group Psychiatry (-)
University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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