Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Leonard S. Newman
Laura L. McIntyre
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Other Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology
Mnemic neglect may be a form of attentional control which protects us from threatening criticism about our personalities. According to the model, positive feedback is recalled more easily than negative feedback when it is about the self. However, this is not the case when feedback is about other people. Mnemic neglect occurs even when people are told to simply imagine that the feedback is real. The reason for this is assumed to be that people spend relatively little time attending to or thinking about self-threatening feedback. The current study replicated the mnemic neglect effect but also directly measured how long people spent focusing on different kinds of feedback. A computer recorded the time spent reading behaviors and also administered mood measures to measure participants’ affect; however, neither of the measures yielded results that shed light on what mediates mnemic neglect.
Sapolsky, Maxwell S., "A Computer-based Study of Mnemic Neglect" (2008). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 540.
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