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The Positivity Effect Predicts Emotion Regulation 8 Years Later

Poster Session XI - Board: XI- 079
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Grand Ballroom

H'Sien Hayward
Harvard University

George E. Vaillant
Harvard Medical School

James Sidanius
Harvard University

This study longitudinally examined the relation between the memory biases underlying the positivity effect and emotion regulation in a sample of 44 adults with traumatic-set spinal cord injuries. Greater positivity effect predicted improved emotion regulation 8 years later, although it did not predict improved well-being.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Disabilities

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