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Mood-congruent true and false memory: Effects of depression

Howe, M. L. & Malone, C. (2011). Mood-congruent true and false memory: Effects of depression. Memory, 19(2), pp. 192-201. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2010.544073


The Deese/Roediger-McDermott paradigm was used to investigate the effect of depression on true and false recognition. In this experiment, true and false recognition was examined across positive, neutral, negative, and depression-relevant lists for individuals with and without a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Results showed that participants with major depressive disorder falsely recognized significantly more depression-relevant words than non-depressed controls. These findings also parallel recent research using recall instead of recognition and show that there are clear mood congruence effects for depression on false memory performance.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Memory on 02 Feb 2011, available online:
Publisher Keywords: False memory, Depression, Mood congruence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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