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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 2, 146-157, 2012
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Effect of clay modelling on vividness and emotionality of autobiographical memories

Jackie Andrade, Sam Bosworth, Sarah-Jane Baugh
School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, U.K.

Volume 3, Issue 2, 2012, Pages 146-157

A visuospatial grounding task, making shapes from modelling clay (plasticine), has been shown to reduce encoding of traumatic images (Stuart, Holmes & Brewin, 2006). We tested the impact of this task on retrieval of emotional memories. Non-clinical participants recalled autobiographical memories of negative and positive events under control (no concurrent task) or experimental (clay modelling) conditions. As predicted by a working memory model of recollection, the clay modelling task reduced the self-rated vividness and emotional intensity of the memories. We suggest that clay modelling may be a useful treatment aid for dampening emotional distress during recall of traumatic events.

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Professor Jackie Andrade, School of Psychology,University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, U.K.

imagery; working memory; clay modelling; visuospatial interference; autobiographical memory; trauma memory; vividness; recollection

Received 1 Mar 2011; Revised 24 Sep 2011; Accepted 6 Oct 2011; In Press 12 Dec 2011

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