The longitudinal association between individual differences in recall of positive specific autobiographical memories and daily cortisol.

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From: Biological Psychology(Vol. 162)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Clinical report; Brief article
Length: 334 words

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Keywords HPA axis; Memory; Stress; Glucocorticoids; Life events Highlights * Retrieval of more positive memories was associated with higher total daily cortisol. * There was no association between cortisol and retrieval of negative memories. * There was no association between morning cortisol and memory retrieval. Abstract The present study examines the longitudinal association between cortisol (dys)regulation -- mean cortisol awakening response (CAR) and area under the curve with respect to ground (AUCg) for total daily cortisol -- and autobiographical memory. 135 participants (mean age at baseline = 16.1; Females = 78.5 %) provided cortisol samples (T1). Seven months later participants retrieved autobiographical memories cued by positive and negative words (T2). Four years subsequently, participants provided cortisol samples again (T3). The retrieval of more specific memories cued by positive words, but not negative words, was associated with higher AUCg four years later, independent of sex, recent life stressors and self-reported negative self-related cognitions. There were no associations between CAR and autobiographical memory. Neither AUC nor CAR at T1 predicted subsequent autobiographical memory abilities. People who retrieve more positive specific memories may be more likely to imagine and seek out positive experiences and this may be associated with higher cortisol levels. Author Affiliation: (a) Experimental Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (b) Researching Emotional Disorders and Development Lab, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, United Kingdom (c) UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Centre, Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, CA, United States (d) School of Education and Social Policy and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, United States (e) Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, United States (f) The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, United States * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 13 February 2020; Revised 22 March 2021; Accepted 22 March 2021 Byline: Tom J. Barry (a,b), Amy R. Sewart (c), Emma K. Adam (d), Richard E. Zinbarg (e,f), Sue Mineka (e,f), Michelle G. Craske [MCraske@mednet.ucla.edu] (c)

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