Type of Thesis
Dr. June Gruber
Dr. Mark Whisman
Dr. Christopher Heathwood
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a chronic psychiatric disorder that is associated with heightened and persistent positive emotion (Gruber, 2011; Johnson, 2005). Yet we know less about underlying cognitive processes that may influence these observed biases in emotionality. One promising approach is to examine cognitive processes, such as declarative memory, that may serve as an important window into understanding how individuals with BD remember emotion-laden stimuli. The current study presented standardized positive, negative and neutral emotion eliciting images to remitted BD I adults (n=26) and healthy controls (CTL; n=24) and measured accuracy in recall after a subsequent 60-minute delay period. Results suggest that the BD group exhibited increased memory accuracy for neutral images compared to the CTL group; however, groups did not differ in positive or negative memory accuracy. Findings may provide insight into potential cognitive processes that maintain heightened positive emotional responding in BD.
Cooper, Gaia, "Remembering that Neutral Feeling? Enhanced Memory for Neutral, but not Positive or Negative, Emotional Stimuli in Bipolar I Disorder" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 996.