The relationship between retrieval-induced forgetting, anxiety, and personality

Law, Robin, Groome, David H., Thorn, Lisa, Potts, Rosalind and Buchanan, Tom (2012) The relationship between retrieval-induced forgetting, anxiety, and personality. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 25 (6). pp. 711-718. ISSN 1061-5806

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Retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF) refers to the finding that the retrieval of a memory trace suppresses the retrieval of rival memory traces, and there is evidence that RIF reflects the effects of cognitive inhibition. The Attentional Control Theory (ACT) postulates that cognitive inhibition will be impaired by a high level of state anxiety, but the effect of anxiety on RIF has not previously been investigated. A sample of 116 participants were tested on the RIF procedure, and were also administered the Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory and the Big Five Personality Inventory. The results indicated a significant negative correlation between RIF scores and state anxiety, and a significant positive correlation between RIF scores and extraversion. However, a multiple regression analysis identified extraversion as the main predictor of RIF performance. None of the other personality factors correlated with RIF scores. These findings are consistent with the predictions of the ACT.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 12:25
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 11:17

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