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Emotion and memory

The Role of Emotion in Multimodal Integration (free access) by Rémy VERSACE and Marylène ROSE
Current Psychology Letters, Vol. 21, Vol. 1, 2007 - All rights reserved.

The aim of this research was to show that emotion can facilitate the mechanism responsible for integrating the various components of an experience within the memory traces. Participants initially had to judge the degree of association between pictures of objects or animals and sounds presented simultaneously. Each picture/sound pair was preceded by a negative or neutral image. In the second phase, the same pictures were presented to the participants, either associated with the same sound (sound congruent with picture) or associated with a different sound (non-congruent sound). The participants had to indicate whether the picture and the word were congruent or not. The results confirmed our hypothesis by revealing that when an old picture was presented with the same sound as in the encoding phase, RTs were shorter in the negative than in the neutral encoding condition. On the contrary, when an old picture was associated with a new sound, it tended to be processed more slowly when it had been encoded in the negative condition than in the neutral condition.
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