The current study examined the relationship between the worry symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), free recall memory, false memory, and metamemory. More specifically, the current research investigated the relationship between high levels of worry and individuals’ ability to accurately recall and recognize true and false memories of negative and neutral material and to determine the role worry played in an individual’s prediction that they would remember negative and neutral words. In addition, the present study examined whether the prediction of remembering negative and neutral material coincided with actual memory performance. Participants (n = 62) were recruited from undergraduate Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Senior Capstone courses at a medium-sized Midwestern public university. The participants were sorted into either a high or low worry group, and there were 31 participants in each group. All participants completed a demographics questionnaire, a measure of worry symptoms, a measure of depressive symptoms, judgment of learning (JOL) ratings, free recall tasks, math distractor tasks, and a false memory task. The hypotheses of the present study will be discussed herein. The results of the study did not support the majority of the hypotheses, but the individual results are discussed herein. The possible implications of the study relate to the role that high anxiety levels have both on academic performance and in clinical settings.
|Commitee:||Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Daniel|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||DRM paradigm, False memory, Generalized anxiety disorder, Judgment of learning, Metamemory|
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