Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Research Project
Examining the Positivity Effect in Autobiographical Memory across Age
Primary Investigators:
Dr. Karen L. Siedlecki (Fordham University)
Project Team:  
Hannah Wertz (Undergraduate)
Dr. Karen L. Siedlecki
Dr. Karen L. Siedlecki
Principal Investigator


The positivity effect suggests older adults attend to and remember positive information more so than negative information, as compared to younger adults (e.g., Carstensen & Mikels, 2005). The Memory Experiences Questionnaire (MEQ; Sutin & Robins, 2007) is a valid and reliable measure of autobiographical memory. Using the MEQ we will examine whether age is associated with an increased likelihood of retrieving positive memories.


The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) to examine the positivity effect in aging in the context of autobiographical memories and 2) to examine whether the structure of the MEQ remains invariant across age.


Three hundred participants across the adult lifespan will complete the Memory Experiences Questionnaire.


Data collection will begin shortly.

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