CULTURAL EFFECTS ON RETENTION IN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The research focuses on the effects of culture on cognition, specifically
the effects of change of culture (migration) on the distribution of
memories across the lifespan. Subjects are bilingual/bicultural Puerto
Ricans who have migrated permanently to anglo environments in the U.S.
after growing up on Puerto Rico. Methods of cued recall will be used to
test for: (1) a diminished fund of memories for events prior to
migration, (2) differential access to memories according to cuing in the
mother tongue or second language, and (3) a new concentration of memories
("reminiscence bump") corresponding to the development of a new identify
as a result of migration. Content analysis of memories recorded by
subjects will be used to test for memory vividness and to extract
cultural and ethnopsychological themes.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/16/961/15/99

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health

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