Publication Date

5-5-2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Wiemer, Katja

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

Major depressive disorder is a common mental disorder that occurs in a lot of individuals around the world and can greatly impact a person’s life. Autobiographical memories are the memories a person has about various life events and events that are happening around the world. Major depressive disorder is known to have a great influence on how autobiographical memories are recalled and interpreted. This meaning that individuals with major depression have a harder time recalling positive autobiographical memories and specific details associated with them. Major depression affects the brain because it can change the amygdala activity that occurs when recalling negative autobiographical events. Major depression can also cause damage to memory systems that exist in the brain and change how depressed individuals interpret events in life. Many studies have been conducted to help determine the underlying causes and treatments of poor recall in autobiographical memories for depressed individuals.

Extent

21 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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