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Presentation Master's thesis - Danny Schmidt- Clinical Psychology

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The impact of emotion on narrative formation
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19-07-2024 12:00
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19-07-2024 13:00
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Roeterseilandcampus, Building: C, Street: Roetersstraat 11, Room: C2.01

While it is known that emotion influences memory, research regarding narrative formation of memory often overlooks emotion. Therefore, this study examined the impact of negative emotional valence on narrative formation. 49 psychology students were instructed to listen to four stories, each differing in emotion (valenced vs. neutral), and narrative (coherent vs. unrelated), and divided into multiple events. Participants had to score their valence between each event at pre-test, and, after completing the story, at post-tests. To test whether negative emotional valence will transfer to other narrative events retrospectively, valence scores at pre-test were compared to valence scores at post-test. Furthermore, to test whether emotional valance will transfer more strongly to narrative coherent events, compared to narrative unrelated events, differences in valence were tested between the emotional-coherent condition and emotional-unrelated condition across events. Results demonstrated that negative emotional valence does not transfer to other narrative events. Subsequently, emotional valence did not transfer more strongly to coherent events, compared to unrelated events. In sum, there seems to be no impact of negative valence on narrative formation. Further research should focus on the development of truly neutral events for the neutral condition and the separation of emotion and coherence as variables.