Demiray Batur

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Completed research project

Title / Titel Recalling our personal past: Autobiographical memory as a psychosocial resource to enhance well-being
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Summary / Zusammenfassung We all have examples of funny stories from our past that we share with other people, maybe stories that we share at Christmas dinner, or memories of loved ones that we often think about to keep them close to our heart. Thinking or talking about our memories is such a natural activity that we usually are not consciously aware of doing it, or we do not ask ourselves why we recall our memories, or how they serve us. Autobiographical memory researchers argue that the major adaptive function/use of autobiographical memory based on a basic human need is maintaining a sense of self-concept and self-continuity (e.g., Bluck, Alea & Demiray, 2010). The construction of a clear, consistent and positive self-concept is a developmental task that every human goes through (e.g., Rice & Pasupathi, 2010). Thus, in the current project, I plan to train people on the function of autobiographical memories and increase their awareness of how they can use their memories in daily life for self-continuity purposes. In an intervention study, I aim to give training to young adults who are in a challenging life period that threatens their self-concept and continuity (i.e., first semester of university), and teach them how they can voluntarily use their memories to enhance their sense of self, and improve feelings and behaviors of self-continuity. Using experience-sampling methodology, this project will capture participants’ on-line usage of memories for self-continuity purposes in their natural environments, and assess effects on their psychological well-being. In sum, the current project will be a comprehensive examination of daily voluntary uses of autobiographical memory, and will show that autobiographical memory is an inherent and natural resource that people can learn to use more efficiently to satisfy their self-continuity needs and to enhance their well-being.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe autobiographical memory; well-being; self-concept; self-continuity; experience sampling
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Burcu Demiray Batur, PhD (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Stiftung Suzanne und Hans Biäsch zur Förderung der Angewandten Psychologie
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2012 to May 2013