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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY AND AFFECT UNDER CONDITIONS OF REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULATION

Authors
Journal
Journal of Environmental Psychology
0272-4944
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/jevp.1995.0028
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Literature

Abstract

Abstract Two experiments were conducted to study the effects of 1-hour sessions of flotation REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) on mood and autobiographical memory. In Study 1, flotation was shown to produce a significant decrease in self-rated anxiety and arousal. Subjects in Study 2, who experienced similar changes in mood and arousal, reported that autobiographical memories retrieved in REST were more pleasant and intense, and had been more frequently recalled in the past, than those recollected in a control environment.

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