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Published: 2022-06-10

Determinants of Autobiographical Memory

University of Bucharest
social anxiety performance anxiety autobiographical memory negative emotionality


Social anxiety represents a concerning problem for the general public today. It also has an important impact on human memory. The present study analyses the level of social anxiety on a non-clinical group of people. The study involved 102 people aged between 19 and 70 years, M = 25.28, SD = 9.02. Of these, 16 are male (16%) and 86 are female (84%). We focus on characteristics such as the specificity and vividness of a memory. We also consider negative emotionality a moderating variable in this relationship. Results show that almost half of the memories people described can be considered not specific (M = 7.76, SD = 3.82). Furthermore, regression analysis shows that only one of the two types of anxiety, respectively performance anxiety is negatively associated with autobiographical memory. The present research could assist in further developing the process of cognitive restructuring by providing more clarity on how social anxiety affects autobiographical memory.


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How to Cite

Ahmad, I. (2022). Determinants of Autobiographical Memory. Studia Doctoralia, 13(1), 3–22.