Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

11-2007

Abstract

In 3 studies, the authors found support for the value-congruence model that accounts for cultural variations in memory for emotional experiences. In Study 1, the authors found that in the made-in-the-U.S. scenario condition, European Americans were more accurate than were Asian Americans in their retrospective frequency judgments of emotions. However, in the made-in-Japan scenario condition, European Americans were less accurate than were Asian Americans. In Study 2, the authors demonstrated that value orientation mediates the Culture X Type of Event congruence effect. In Study 3 (a daily event sampling study), the authors showed that the congruence effect was explained by the importance of parental approval. In sum, emotional events congruent with personal values remain in memory longer and influence retrospective frequency judgments of emotion more than do incongruent events.

Keywords

culture, emotion, well-being, frequency judgments, value-congruence model, emotional events

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | School Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Volume

93

Issue

5

First Page

897

Last Page

905

ISSN

0022-3514

Identifier

10.1037/0022-3514.93.5.897

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.93.5.897

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